LAURINBURG — Officials are seeking people who have received Scotland County Health Department services to be part of a Community Action Team to help improve maternal and child health.
Ashley Alfonse, an emergency management planner with the project, said the team should be able to provide county health officials with a different perspective on issues facing new mothers and their babies.
While there is no cap on the number of community members who can serve, health officials would like at least five team members from the public.
“We must acknowledge that important determinants of health-related behavior are embedded in relationships that tie individuals to organizations, neighborhoods, families and friends int he community,” the Health Department said in its report on the Community Action Team.
Those interested in being a part of the Community Action Team, can contact Carlotta Rivers, RN BSN at 910-277-2470 or Alfonse at [email protected] or 919-610-7168.
“We are asking for members of the community to be a part of a Community Action Team that will meet periodically,” Alfonse said. “And work together to plan and provide capacity-building activities which will lead to improved birth outcomes, improved overall health status of children ages 0 to 5 years, and lowering of our infant mortality rate.”
Scotland County infant mortality rate for 2005-2009 was 9.2 per 1,000 live births. The county’s rate for 2009-2013 was 10.6 per 1,000 live births.
In addition to the Community Action Team, the Health Department is also looking at partnering with the Scotland Health Care System and The Women’s Center for the upcoming Pregnancy Fair to promote safe sleep. Each year, about 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, or unknown causes.
The Pregnancy Fair will be held Thursday at the W. R. Dulin Center, located inside the Urgent Care and Rehab Center, on the hospital campus, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The event is planned for expecting parents and those who plan to be expecting soon. The Pregnancy Fair is free and will include various exhibitors and a guest speaker. There will be giveaways, healthy snacks, and door prizes. Registration is required for the event.
If interested in attending the Pregnancy Fair, call 910-291-6806.
Reach Scott Witten at 910-506-3023