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CCC’s Preconception Peer Educator (PPE) Club Receive Two Certifications

The Mississippi Department of Health, Women’s Foundation of Mississippi and Delta Health Alliance partnered with the National Office of Minority Health to develop a Preconception Peer Education program on the campus of Coahoma Community College.

The program focuses on peer education as a means to reduce infant mortality rates and promote preconception health in communities impacted by high infant mortality and poor preconception health.

CCC’s Preconception Peer Educator (PPE) Club Receive Two Certifications

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Wed May 2, 2018

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Pictured from left to right: Renee’ Hall - Advisor, Lameka President -President, Kerrie Washington – Secretary, Tytianna Wigley – Vice President, Dian Thomas, Advisor

The Mississippi Department of Health, Women’s Foundation of Mississippi and Delta Health Alliance partnered with the National Office of Minority Health to develop a Preconception Peer Education program on the campus of Coahoma Community College.

The program focuses on peer education as a means to reduce infant mortality rates and promote preconception health in communities impacted by high infant mortality and poor preconception health.

With much hard work and dedication, the participants and advisors attained 2 certifications each.

The Level 1 Certificate is awarded to individuals who successfully completed the Preconception Peer Educator Training and the Level 2 Certificate is awarded in recognition of one’s commitment to raise community awareness about infant mortality and preconception health.

Renee' L. Hall, coordinator of Counseling Services, is pleased with the awardings and hopes this serves as a catalyst for the students to achieve more. 

“These young ladies are now equipped to impact the need for preconception education and awareness, promote a positive image of the college, and it has helped build their confidence level for their peer educators when speaking on the issue,” said Hall.

Currently, the PPE program works with the college-age population to enlist college students as peer educators on campuses and throughout the community at large to disseminate essential preconception health messages that may seem too foreign for a population that may not be actively seeking to start a family. Because over fifty percent of all pregnancies are unplanned, it is imperative to provide all men and women, especially sexually active men and women, with information to make timely, informed decisions about their reproductive futures.

Diann Thomas, residential hall manager, hopes to recruit more participants to the program. She hopes the many opportunities for personal development and recreational fun will be a lure.  

“We are entering our third year and will be recruiting in the fall. Benefits include but not limited to: training, community service, community events, campus activities, recruiting activities and live webinars,” said Thomas.

For more information on CCC’s PPE program contact, Renee' L. Hall - coordinator of Counseling Services at (662) 621-4858 or rsanford@coahomacc.edu.