Tonya Lewis Lee brings the national fight to reduce infant mortality to Jacksonville

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

During a two-day trip to Jacksonville, National Infant Mortality Spokesperson Tonya Lewis Lee met with health care providers, local barbers and college students — to discuss each group’s role in preventing poor birth outcomes.

Ms. Lee is part of the federal Office of Minority Health’s “A Healthy Baby Begins With You” campaign. This year’s theme is “A Healthy Baby Begins with You…and Us: Healthcare Professionals Take on Infant Mortality.”

She presented to physicians and other health care providers at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and UF/Shands Jacksonville to discuss their roles in improving birth outcomes.

Wednesday evening, Ms. Lee attended a Meet and Greet with local barbers that have been trained on infant mortality and healthy lifestyles. The event allowed for an open conversation about the importance of engaging men.

On Thursday, more than 50 college students participated in the Office of Minority Health’s Preconception Peer Educator training. Students from the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College, Chamberlain College of Nursing and Jacksonville JobCorps were certified as peer educators and developed community action plans to implement on campus and in the community to reduce health disparities.

Ms. Lee also was featured on the local television stations talking about infant mortality and what the community can do to prevent it:

News4Jax morning show

Action News Jax on the scene:


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