In Ohio, African American women are twice as likely to have a baby that is considered very low birth weight than the population in general. Even more disturbing, the infant mortality rate in Ohio in the African American community is twice the rate of that in the population in general, and three times that of white infants.
The role of a Community Health Worker:
- Frontline public health worker that is a trusted member of, and has a close understanding of, the community being served.
- Serve as a liaison between health and social services in the community.
- Facilitates access to services.
- Improves the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.
You can help by making an in-kind donation so our clients can make sure their babies are healthy and happy. Some items that we need are:
- Disposable diapers / wipes.
- Gerber infant formula.
- Baby bottles.
- WRTA bus passes or gas cards for medical or social service appointments.
- Newborn clothing (sleepers, layette, blankets, etc.).
- Maternity clothing for the moms.
You can also hold a "baby shower" in your neighborhood or place of business! Send out invitations, collect the items, and drop them off at our Youngstown office (77 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44507).
Or call 1-800-230-7526