CATALYST - FALL 2018 VOL 1 NO 2 - Page 14

CATALYST Results Matter: Preventing infant mortality in Georgia S tatistics for maternal and infant health in Georgia continue to be grim. In rural areas of the state, with hospitals closing and a decreasing number of obstetricians, maternal healthcare is disappearing. Recent studies from the Georgia Department of Public Health show that Georgia now leads the nation in maternal deaths with 50 percent of pregnancy-related deaths in the state determined to be preventable. In 2013, Healthcare Georgia Foundation launched the Taking Care of You (TCOY) infant mortality initiative, a multi-year funding effort to reduce preterm births, low- birth weight and sleep-related death among high-risk The Foundation awarded a total of $2.5 million dollars in Foundation funding over three years for TCOY. The three grantees included: Clayton County Board of Health: Every Woman, Every Time Program; Lowndes County Board of Health: Baby LUV (Lowndes Unique Victories) Program; and the Southwest Public Health District: Centering Pregnancy Model of Care Program. In addition, the Foundation awarded Porter Novelli funding support for a social marketing and outreach and education for the Taking Care of You initiative. Emory University School of Medicine was awarded funding to conduct a cross-site evaluation of the initiative and provide technical assistance to the grantees. In November 2018, Healthcare Georgia Foundation will 14 HEALTHCARE GEORGIA FOUNDATION