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Infant Mortality Collaborative Effort

ADPH is working on a collaborative effort, the Alabama Perinatal Excellence Collaborative (APEC), to lower infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health in Alabama. The March of Dimes has funded the PEACE-P smart phone app that provides obstetric providers with easy access to APEC guidelines at the point of care.

Regional Perinatal Advisory Council (RPAC) News and Events

For meeting dates and information from individual regions, visit Regions and Directors and choose the region you are interested in.

Health Observances and Events in 2015

Date

Observance/Event

April - throughout 2015

March for Babies Walks
This annual event supports community programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. It also funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten our babies. Visit the March of Dimes to find an event and join or start a team.

 April 9-10

Alabama Breastfeeding Initiative
Birth and Beyond train-the-trainer conference
8:30 am Thursday, April 9 thru 4:00 pm Friday, April 10

Montgomery, Alabama
More information now available:
Agenda for the two-day training conference
Timeline for the Alabama Breastfeeding Initiative

April 16-17

24th Annual University of South Alabama
Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference
Daphne Civic Center
2603 Highway 98
Daphne, AL 36526
Brochure available for free download
Register now

May 8

"Sprouting for Success"
4th Annual North Alabama
Infant/Toddler/Preschool Conference
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Business Administration Building
CEUs available at no cost to Social Workers, OTs,
Audiologists, Speech Pathologists and Nurses
Registration and exhibitor information available now

May 10-16

National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence sponsors National Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week. For more information on preventing birth defects before and during pregnancy, visit Preventing Birth Defects During and Before Pregnancy.

July

International Group B Streptococcus Awareness Month
Group B streptococcus is the leading cause of meningitis and blood infection in newborns. In regions where awareness and prevention efforts have been implemented, infant deaths from GBS have decreased as much as 70%. To learn about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects, visit Group B Strep International.

August 14

Alabama Perinatal Conference
UAB Alumni House
1301 10th Avenue South Birmingham
Registration and syllabus online June 1, 2015

September

Infant Mortality Awareness Month
During September, the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) along with several organizations seek to promote the effectiveness of programs and efforts to reduce infant deaths, low-birth weight, pre-term births and disparities in perinatal outcomes by raising awareness about infant mortality in the U.S. Learn more about the Office of Minority Health's A Healthy Baby Begins with Two! - Minority Fathers Fight Infant Mortality Campaign.

September 24 - 25

Save the Date
Birth and Beyond: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
OB/Pediatric Conference
Presented by
RMC Anniston OB Services
Oxford Civic Center
Oxford
More information will follow.
Contact organizers by email.

October 15

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
A day to promote awareness, education, and support for grieving parents and loved ones nationwide and worldwide. Visit Remembering Our Babies for support and educational resources.

October 24

The 19th Annual Alabama Perinatal Conference
"Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Perinatal Care:
Translating Recommendations into Action"
UAB National Alumni Society House
1301 10th Avenue South
Birmingham

October 26

Walk to Remember
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A candlelighting service followed by a short walk to the Little Ones Memory Garden.  The Walk is open to families who have experienced an infant loss, including miscarriage, and their families, friends, and those who work in the area of support.  For more detailed information email Susanne Lambert.

November

Prematurity Awareness Month
The March of Dimes national Prematurity Campaign seeks to address the increasing rate of prematurity by raising awareness and funding more research to identify the causes of premature birth.