Mission Statement – to protect, promote, and improve the health of the community
Vision Statement – to improve the overall health of the community. This is accomplished by health promotion and protection, preparedness planning, and prevention activities that are evidence-based and data-driven.
M aking O ur M oms S uccessful ( M.O.M.S ) is an initiative that utilizes collaborative, community-based strategies to improve Clayton County‘s birth outcomes. Functioning as a part of the M.O.M.S team, paraprofessionals (Family Support Specialists) offer support services for up to 18 months, via telephone outreach and home visitation.
The goal of the program is to decrease infant mortality among women of childbearing age in Clayton County while promoting the health of pregnant women and low-birth-weight infants.
Addresses the crisis of premature birth and helps families have healthy, full-term babies.
The March of Dimes uses different channels of influence to reduce infant prematurity through raising public awareness, investing in education of moms-to-be, and engaging various healthcare providers.
Every year the March of Dimes provides millions of dollars in grants, scholarships, and awards that promote research, education for professionals, and community programs designed to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of babies.
In January, 2011 the Clayton County Board of Health was selected as a grant recipient.
Professor of Pediatrics and Gynecology/Obstetrics and Professor of Global Health at Emory University
Director of the Collaborating Center in Reproductive Health in Atlanta
Dr. George W. Bugg, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Emory University
Pediatrics and Neonatology for Emory Children’s Center
Dr. Anne L. Dunlop
Director of Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Preventive and Primary Care Services at Grady Memorial Hospital Interpregnancy Care Program
Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson
President and CEO of MAJAICA, LLC
Professor of Applied Public Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health
FOCUS External Partner List Government UGA Traffic Injury Prevention Institution Faith-based group Second Baptist Church Family Planning Planned Parenthood Southeast Fraternal Organization Ladies of Favor Advocacy House of Dawn, Inc. Government GA Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Faith-based organization FRAMEWorks (Bethany Christian Service) Government Forest Park Recreational and Leisure services Faith-based organization FBC Jonesboro/Angel Food Ministries Public School System Clayton County Public Schools Government Clayton County Parks and Recreation Government Clayton County Headquarters Library UGA Clayton County Cooperative Extension Service Public/Private partnership Clayton County Collaborative Authority Government Clayton Community Services Authority Public School System Child Tech Program Government CC Housing and Comm. Development Advertising A Brite Mktg., Signs, and Advertising Co.
FOCUS External Partner List (cont.) Private university/medical Emory University Medical Southside Medical Center Medical Southern Crescent Women’s Healthcare Medical My OB/Gyn Government Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Medical Southern Regional Medical Center Government Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services CMO AMERIGROUP Community Care Nonprofit March of Dimes Nonprofit United Way of Georgia State university system Gordon College State university system Clayton State University
Akyra and De’Jah Akyra and De’Jah Akyra, 19, delivered her daughter De’Jah on July 21, 2010. Born at only 24 weeks gestation, De’Jah was 1 lb., 9 oz. De’Jah had significant medical challenges and was referred to several specialists. Throughout Akyra enrollment in MO.M.S., De’Jah’s growth has been tracked and her health has steadily improved according to pediatrician reports. Although there was initial concern that De’Jah would suffer hearing loss, Akyra reports that De’Jah has now passed all of her hearing screenings. In addition, Akyra has returned to school to complete her college education in Secondary Education through an online program. De’Jah will celebrate her first birthday this summer.
Tanika and Tyreke Tanika and Tyreke Tanika, 30, a mother of two, delivered her infant son Tyreke on Aug. 28, 2010. Tyreke was born at 27 weeks gestation. Upon release from the hospital, Tyreke was sent home with an apnea monitor and oxygen along with several recommendations for medical follow-ups. Through enrollment in the MOMS program, Tanika, along with her husband D’mitri, have worked diligently to keep Tyreke up-to-date with all doctor’s appointments and evaluations. They have also participated in regular educational dialogues regarding infant safety and development. Today, Tyreke breathes independently without supplemental oxygen, no longer uses the apnea monitor, and has avoided other complications common to infants born prematurely. In the fall, Tyreke will celebrate his first birthday.
Rachandra and Dylan Rachandra and Dylan Rachandra, 34, enrolled in the MOMS program in July 2010. What appeared to be a perfectly normal pregnancy was interrupted when her son Dylan was born at 26 weeks gestation. As a result, Dylan entered the world at 2 lbs., 1.6 oz. and suffered cardiac arrest while waiting to be transported to the neonatal unit, where he spent 4.5 months in the NICU. Dylan has survived preterm labor, surgery, pneumonia, developmental problems, and feeding challenges. However, he has overcome the odds of infant mortality in Clayton County, turning one-year old on Oct. 29, 2010. He is truly a miracle baby and is proof that no one should ever give up hope.