AAHP invites all residents to support Black/African American children and families by attending the free “Right from the Start” health event to be held on Saturday, August 13th from 10am - 1pm at the White Oak Community Recreation Center.
In 2021, Black/African American women accounted for 43 percent of all fetal and infant losses in Montgomery County, although they represented approximately 20 percent of all births in the County—an indication of ongoing disparities in birth outcomes. Losses among Black women continue to account for one-third or more of all losses in the County.
“Every baby deserves to be born healthy,” said Jacquelyn Williams, co-chair of the African American Health Program’s (AAHP) executive committee. “While we as a County have made progress in reducing the health disparities faced by Black mothers, more work remains to be done. Our hope is that this event will raise greater awareness and advocacy within our communities, so that we can continue to positively impact the health of our families.”
Attendees at the event will learn about:
- Healthy habits in the years before pregnancy.
- Racial disparities, healthy pregnancy and how to advocate for oneself, self-advocacy.
- Speaking up for yourself with healthcare professionals and educators.
- Taking care of yourself and your children from infancy through kindergarten/first grade.
- Developmental milestones in early childhood.
- Mental health for the Black Community.
Right from the Start is co-sponsored by the AAHP, Early Child Services and Babies Born Healthy that are programs and initiatives of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The event is also supported by DHHS’ Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Program.
This event is free and open to the public. Register here.