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Community-based Perspective for Reducing Infant Mortality

Presentation at March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Symposium – January 19-20, 2012, Washington, DC

Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, was an expert panelist at the March of Dimes' Health Equity in Preterm Birth Workgroup session on January 18, 2012, in Washington, DC. The event was a pre-meeting to the Prematurity Prevention Symposium.

The goal of the workgroup session was to generate lively discussion and innovative recommendations to address racial and ethnic disparities in preterm birth. Dr. Willis specifically discussed strategic opportunities for community programs to address these disparities; she centered much of her talk on her leadership level involvement with the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) as an example of a community-driven approach to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality.

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin was the keynote speaker for the Symposium at which she launched the Prematurity Prevention Network – a virtual network made up of health care providers, insurers, policy makers, and business leaders – who will work together to achieve the March of Dimes goal of lowering the preterm birth rate to 9.6 percent of live births. Dr. Willis is an inaugural member of the Network.

For a copy of the presentation, please contact Carrie Vanden Wymelenberg at
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