Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CCC Preconception Peer Educators recently received their Level I training on infant mortality, led by CCC Nurse Athsicia Gooden and CCC Coordinator of Counseling Services Renee’ Sanford.
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College partnered with a local diaper bank last week as part of its Preconception Peer Educator (PPE) program designed to bring infant mortality awareness to the campus.
The Mississippi Department of Health, Women’s Foundation of MS, and Delta Health Alliance partnered with the National Office of Minority Health to develop a PPE program on college campuses across the state.
The program focuses on peer education as a mean to reduce infant mortality rates and promote preconception health in communities impacted by infant mortality and poor preconception health.
To meet its required community activity, CCC’s PPE program partnered with the Delta HealthPartners Healthy Start Initiative’s diaper bank program, located in Clarksdale.
CCC student peer educators and advisors traveled to the diaper bank Friday to assist with the distribution of diapers, wet wipes, clothes, etc. to families in the community.
According to CCC Coordinator of Counseling Services Renee’ Sanford, one of the program’s advisors, becoming a Preconception Peer Educator is a simple two-step process.
“Preconception Peer Educators Tatyana Brownlee and Tonesia Love have been working hard at recruiting new students to be a part of the Preconception Peer Educator Program,” said Sanford. “We now have six new students added to program, and we’re hoping to recruit even more.”
CCC Nurse Athsicia Gooden, CCC Residential Hall Manager Dian Thomas and Sanford all serve as advisors of the program.The program advisors as well as three CCC students completed the program’s basic training and certification this past spring.
For more information or to sign up for CCC’s Peer Educator Program, contact Sanford at (662) 621-4858 or Gooden at (662) 621-4197.
CLICK HERE to view more photos from CCC's Preconception Peer Educator program on CCC's Facebook page!