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Palmetto Health, in collaboration with the March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter and Lowcountry Healthy Start, presents the seventh annual “Heroes in the Field” event on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Seawell’s Banquet and Reception Center, 1125 Rosewood Dr. The event will begin with a symposium at 8:30 a.m. and will feature speakers from various maternal and child health professions. More than 100 health educators are expected to attend this year’s event. The event will bring awareness to infant mortality and recognize individuals for their contribution to decreasing the infant mortality rate in South Carolina.
During the lunch event, honorees will receive awards recognizing their significant contributions to reduce the incidence of infant mortality in South Carolina. This year’s honorees are Forrest L. Alton, Cheryl Jackson, Melissa L. Martin, Ann Palmer-Owens and R. Caughman Taylor, M.D. Curtis Wilson, radio personality with WWDM will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C., will be the guest speaker.
Infant mortality is a significant indicator of health. In 2011, South Carolina’s infant mortality rate was 7.4 per 1,000 live births. Historically, infant mortality rates for non-Hispanic black women have been more than twice those for non-Hispanic women and have been similar to those for non-Hispanic white women. In 2011, there were 423 babies in South Carolina who did not live to see their first birthday.
About Palmetto Healthy Start
Palmetto Healthy Start is a member of the national Healthy Start initiative and is operated through a federally funded grant received by Palmetto Health. Its mission is to reduce infant mortality and the number of low birth-weight babies, as well as other health disparities, in Richland, Fairfield, Lexington and Sumter counties through education and outreach.