In April 2021 through November 2021, several Community Action Network (CAN) partners of the Clayton County's Healthier Generation Program (HGP), said ENOUGH is ENOUGH. The disparity in black infant and black maternal mortality is NOT acceptable.
We began conducting focusing groups, listening sessions and interviews. We were relentless in seeking a solution to address the 'root causes of this disparity.' We realized there was a severe shortage of health care workers and the global pandemic exacerbated the already dismal outcomes. Having served as caregivers and resident health advocates for our families, many of us knew the importance of having a "family health advocate."
We also recognized that most of what we learned was by "trial and error." We evaluated the benefits of providing a training, using evidenced based practices and scientifically informed curriculums to equip family members for infant and maternal mortality prevention.
We began researching and developing a comprehensive training system to provide "trusted family members" with health literacy and patient advocacy strategies to improve perinatal outcomes before, during and after pregnancy. Is it possible? YES, IT IS!
After one year of strategic planning, key partners came to together and created a strategic response to the mortality crisis plaguing our communities. With of the generosity, perseverance and commitment of our dedicated community partners, the H.E.A.R.T. for Clayton was launched. CareSource(TM) led the charge for community action with a generous sponsorship to ensure the success of the pilot. Clayton County Health District, First TEAM America, Center for Family and Community Wellness, Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, Clayton County Library System, Clayton County Collaborative, Georgia Department of Public Health's Maternal and Child Health Division and Work Source Atlanta Regional-Clayton all provided significant contributions for the successful development, implementation and management of the pilot.
You can join or start a H.E.A.R.T. journey in your community today!
Together, we can improve perinatal outcomes and save lives!
May 22nd – Application Deadline
May 21st- May 25th - Phone Interviews
May 28th - June 1 Acceptance Notifications
June 7th -Orientation and 1st session ( In person or virtual)
June 14 – July 26th –
August 6th - Certification Celebration
August 1st - September 30th -