Local Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative Receives $20,000 Grant From March Of Dimes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department has received a $20,000 grant from the Tennessee Chapter of the March of Dimes. The one-year grant will support the “Faith for Chattanooga Babies” initiative, which aims to improve the health of childbearing women and babies in Hamilton County’s African American community.

The tobacco prevention and infant mortality programs at the Health Department have partnered to provide preconception health education to women by addressing tobacco exposure and its relation to infant mortality and overall maternal health.

Preconception education focuses on the health of a woman before she becomes pregnant and the early stages of her pregnancy. The goal is to ensure a healthy birth outcome for both mother and baby. The Faith for Chattanooga Babies initiative will facilitate partnerships between the First Ladies of African American churches and adopted childcare centers.

"Many people are not aware of the dangerous effects of tobacco exposure on infant and maternal health,” said Lori Franklin Wheeler, infant mortality program manager at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department. "This is a great opportunity to partner with leaders in the faith-based community to help make mothers and babies healthier. The program will directly impact approximately 384 people,” said Ms. Wheeler.

First Ladies will create a church team to:

·         Learn about the dangers of tobacco exposure to mothers, babies, and children

·         Adopt/Partner with a childcare center

·         Teach and host educational sessions for church attendees on outlined health topics

The project aligns with the statewide efforts of Tennessee First Lady Chrissy Haslam’s “First Ladies for Healthy Babies” initiative. Additional community partners include: the Chattanooga Health Disparities Task Force, Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Dr. Vonda Ware, Howard High School, the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society, and the Increasing the Rate of Infant Survival (IRIS) Community Action Team.



Free Metabolic Seminars Hosted By CHI Memorial Metabolic And Bariatric Care

Jack F. Rutledge, M.D. and CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care will host two free seminars in December on surgical weight loss options. The first seminar will be held at CHI Memorial Hospital in the community room Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. The second seminar will be at the North River Civic Center in Hixson on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. "Obesity can be devastating to ... (click for more)

Almost 1,000 Erlanger Employees Have Signed Up To Contribute Toward New Children's Hospital

Almost 1,000 Erlanger Health System employees thus far have pledged to contribute financially toward the first phase of the new Children's Hospital - an outpatient center. Kevin Spiegel, Erlanger CEO, said, "This is an unbelievable outpouring of support from our employees." He said he hopes that eventually all the hospital's 4,000 employees will take part. Julie Taylor ... (click for more)

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on scene.   No suspect information is available at ... (click for more)

Judge Denies Motion By Walker County To Delay Closing Of Hutcheson Hospital

A bankruptcy judge in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a motion by Walker County, Ga., is asking a delay in closing Hutcheson Medical Center and laying off employees. Judge Paul Bonapfel said he appreciated the position of Walker County, but he said he would not interfere with the business decision made by the trustees appointed to operate the Fort Oglethorpe hospital. He also said ... (click for more)

A Thankful List

David Jeremiah said it best, that we have a tendency to concentrate on the things we don’t have rather than what God has already blessed us with.  Perhaps, he said, it is because there is not enough parchment available in this world to record all God’s bountiful blessings should we try to list them. This Thanksgiving let us gather our family close to us, whisper a prayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)