Emerging Practice

Sisters United: Promoting Healthy Habits, Protecting Our Babies

State/Jurisdiction: Arkansas
Setting: Community
Population: Perinatal/Infant Health,
Topic Area: Health Equity, Birth Outcomes & Breastfeeding, Reproductive Health,
NPMs: NPM 3: Risk-Appropriate Perinatal Care NPM 4: Breastfeeding NPM 5: Safe Sleep

SISTERS UNITED is a culturally sensitive, community-based initiative designed to increase public awareness about the burden of infant mortality among Black women. The initiative is a partnership among Arkansas Graduate chapter members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho. This campaign is the first time the four Black sororities of the Divine Nine have taken up an issue collectively. SISTERS UNITED was created to address the contributing factors of infant mortality in the Black community, resulting in focus areas: folic acid before pregnancy, flu shots during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and safe sleep.

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AFMC Journal Article

Arkansas Department of Health, Office of Health Equity
Shakia Jackson
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