MotherBaby Network

advocacy and commentary with a focus on Lane County, Oregon

Lane Co. Fetal-Infant Mortality Coalition Coordinator Leaving

Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities, Lane County’s coalition to reduce fetal and infant mortality rate, recently learned its coordinator, Sandy Moses, has taken another position within Lane County Public Health. Coalition members have been assured of a replacement to continue in Moses’ place. This and continued staff and funding resources for the Fetal Infant Mortality Review are critical to improving the health of local families and babies.

Background

In 2007, Lane County Public Health (LCPH) reported an unacceptably high local fetal-infant mortality rate.  Lane County’s rate is the most serious in the state and among the most serious in the nation. The national rate is also high.

Lane County local government and community have responded with the Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities Initiative (HBHC) and, more specifically, the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR). FIMR is a framework for gathering and analyzing information to develop community-specific responses. Read more about HBHC and the most recent information garnered through FIMR.

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month

HBHC will host the second annual Healthy Babies award reception on September 30th from 5 to 6:30pm at Valley River Inn. This event celebrates and recognizes organizations, providers and individuals who make significant contributions toward the improved health and well being of babies and families.

Sponsors for the 2010 Healthy Babies Award Reception are welcome. To become a sponsor or reserve tickets contact: Sandy Moses, 541-682-3650, Sandy.Moses@co.lane.or.us


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One response to “Lane Co. Fetal-Infant Mortality Coalition Coordinator Leaving

  1. motherbabynetwork August 20, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Since this post’s publication, Sandy Moses confirmed that Public Health is planning to continue supporting a Healthy Babies, Healthy Communities coordinator time at 8 hours a week for the rest of the fiscal year (ending June 30, 2011). After this, the level of support for fetal-infant mortality reduction is unknown.

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