Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Providing essentials, like diapers, wipes and clothing, for their newborns can be a struggle for many local parents. In an effort to help alleviate some of the expense, Coahoma Community College and other local organizations teamed up to host a community baby shower for expectant and new parents.
CCC was one of more than 18 agencies and vendors to participate in the 4th annual event, hosted Monday evening at Merit Health Northwest MS Hospital.
Themed “ Under the Big Top! Beginning a Life of Fun and Health”, the event provided over 200 families with educational information and gifts, including car seats, diaper bags, diapers, wet wipe and toys.
In addition to gifts, games and refreshments, the event also helped highlight September’s designation as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month.
CCC Coordinator of Counseling Services Renee’ Sanford was on hand representing CCC’s Division of Enrollment and Student Services during the event, which was sponsored by the Tougaloo/Delta Health Partners’ Healthy Start Initiative; Magnolia Health; and Merit Health Northwest MS.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of the “Under the Big Top” event. … It was amazing,” said Sanford who provided attendees with educational material and gifts courtesy of CCC. “It is imperative to provide our students and the community with information to make timely, informed decisions about their reproductive futures.”
The Division of Enrollment and Student Services is also involved in a Preconception Peer Educator (PPE) program that works with the college age population to enlist students as Peer Educators regarding infant mortality.
According to Sanford, three students and two staff members have already received trainings and certifications. She anticipates expanding and training new members as peer educators and health behavior advocates as the semester progress.
“Our goal is to focus on raising awareness among college students about infant mortality and it causes,” said Sanford. “We hope to be able to equip our students with targeted health messages that they can spread throughout the campus and their communities."
For questions or more information, contact Sanford at (662) 621-4858.
To view more photos from the community baby shower on CCC’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.