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Posted September 19, 2011
Every Child Should Celebrate a First Birthday! ACH Recognizes National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

(left-right) Wengay "Newt" Newton, St. Petersburg City Council Member District 7, presents a proclamation to recognize the walk and Infant Mortality Month to Katrina Welch, Healthy Start Federal Project Director / Pinellas Co. Health Department, Amber Tellis, Healthy Start Health Educator and Mary Mahoney from All Children's Hospital.
Join All Children's Healthy Start Federal Community Services Team on Sept. 24 for a one-mile walk in observance of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month.

The U.S. ranks 41st among industrialized nations in infant mortality despite the country's relative wealth and health resources.

In addition, according to Kimberly Brown-Williams, All Children's Healthy Start Coordinator, "Black babies fare worse than white babies, especially in Pinellas where they die at nearly four times the rate of white infants."

All Children's Community Services Team, Healthy Start Federal Project, is committed to improving the health and well being of interconceptional, high-risk pregnant and post partum women, their babies, families, and communities by providing comprehensive, supportive services in the communities where they live.

To mark the observance of National Infant Mortality (IM) Awareness Month in September, the Community Services Team will host its 2nd Annual IM walk on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Dell Holmes Park 2741 22nd St. S., Shelter #1. The free event begins at 7:00 a.m.

St. Petersburg City Councilmen Wengay Newton and Karl Nurse will speak on the issue and participate in the one-mile walk. The walk is open to the public.  For information or to register for the walk please call (727) 767-6780.

The St. Petersburg Healthy Start Federal Project is part of a Federal Healthy Start Initiative funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. All Children's partners with the Pinellas County Health Department, providing community outreach to reduce the differences that exist in the health of black women, children and families.