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Heroes in the Field Award

Heroes in the Field Awards Luncheon/ Symposium 2013
September 26, 2013
Infant Mortality Awareness Day
September 20, 2013

In 2007 the US Congress voted to recognize the month of September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month. The goals of Infant Mortality Awareness Month are to increase national awareness of infant mortality and contributing factors, and to urge community leaders to assist in efforts to meet the objective of reducing the rate of infant mortality. Several other awareness activities will be held across the nation to promote the global cause of infant mortality prevention.

Heroes in the Field Awards Luncheon
The Heroes in the Field Awards Luncheon will be held on Sept. 26, 2013 to honor individuals for their significant contributions in reducing the incidence of infant mortality in South Carolina, especially within the Greater Midlands area.

Mayor Steve Benjamin, Esq., Awards Luncheon Guest Speaker

Steve Benjamin was elected mayor of Columbia in April 2010. He has worked actively in community initiatives with numerous public and private organizations dating back to his years at the University of South Carolina where he served as president of the student government and as Student Bar Association president at the USC School of Law. Mayor Benjamin has continued that service by serving on numerous boards for nonprofit organizations including the Columbia Urban League, Benedict College, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and as a Founding Board Member of the Eau Claire Promise Zone. He also served as a founding member of Choose Children First.

Heroes in the Field Symposium
The symposium will provide a forum for health care, public health, social services, mental health and other professionals who provide services to pregnant women and infants.  Participants will develop a better understanding:

  • Regarding the seriousness of infant mortality in our state,
  •  Family economics, health education and the adverse effects of an absent father.
  • The importance of effective contraceptive usage, family planning and pregnancy spacing,
  • Enhanced knowledge of educational resources available to disseminate to clients and the community at large.

Target Audience:
Professionals in health care, public health, social services, mental health that provides services and treatment to pregnant women and families.

To increase advocacy and awareness of programs in South Carolina that work to reduce the incidence of infant mortality.

Accreditation and Credit

Nursing: Mid-Carolina AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by The South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission of Accreditation.

This nursing continuing education activity, approval #1212-031-PR-073, has been approved for 3.0 hours.

Social Workers: This program has been approved by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners for 1.75 clock hours of trained social work continuing education and 1.25 clock hours of non-social work continuing education.

COUNSELORS & THERAPISTS: This program has been pre-approved for 3.0 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Mid-Carolina AHEC, Inc. This program is approved for 0.3 CEU’s (3.0 clock hours) of continuing education by Mid-Carolina AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practices Standards.

Medical Assistants: This program qualifies for 3.0 hours of NON AAMA continuing education for recertification

Participants must attend 90% of the program in order to receive a certificate or attendance. No partial credit will be given.

Registration deadline: September 20, 2013

Registration fee: $25

Pre-registration is required; no registrations will be accepted at the door. Space is limited. Click here to register online by choosing Seminars/Formus or call 296-CARE (2273).

Infant Mortality Awareness Walk – September 7, 2013
Riverfront Park
312 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC

This 5k walk promotes Infant Mortality Awareness.  All proceeds from the walk will support an initiative to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by promoting SAFE SLEEP.

Call: 803-296-CARE (2273)

Registration deadline: Sept. 2

Cost: $12 (includes hat)

Infant Mortality Awareness Day – September 20, 2013

Infant mortality awareness ribbons will be worn in remembrance of babies that did not live to see their first birthday.

We will pass out awareness ribbons, information and cupcakes at the following locations from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:

  • Palmetto Health Richland Cafeteria
  • Palmetto Health Baptist Cafeteria
  • Fairfield County Health Department
  • Lexington Health Department
  • Wal-Mart (Forest Dr.)
  • Wal-Mart (Batesburg-Leesville)
  • Wal-Mart (Sumter)