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August 2010Vol. 1  No. 1

FAMU hosted Statewide conference to train peer education on infant mortality

Florida A&M University Institute of Public Health, within the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Services, hosted the Florida Preconception Peer Educators Training.

The PPE Training is the latest phase in the national “A Healthy Baby Begins with You” Campaign, which aims to educate young adults, particularly minorities on raising awareness about infant mortality and preconception health and care to promote positive birth outcomes.

The training specifically targets college-aged youth and trains them as a link to their friends and cohorts.
The major message and key concepts include: preconception health and care, health disparities and minority health, infant mortality, African- American health statistics and how they affect infant mortality, and HIV and STDs as they related to preconception health.

Participants in the training included students from Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, FAMU and the University of South Florida.

Attendees were invited to discuss parts of PBS’ Unnatural Causes, view Campaign Spokesperson Tonya Lewis Lee's Crisis in the Crib Documentary, and hear from speakers from the Federal Office of Minority Health, Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and other health organizations. The statewide training is sponsored by the Federal Office of Minority Health Resource Center and coordinated by the Florida Department of Health Women's Health Program.