Track 6 - Addressing the Social Determinates of Health Through Partnerships

Sharing Session - 90 Minutes

F10 - Is the SisterFriends Detroit Model the Key to Reducing Infant Mortality?

Wednesday, July 11
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Location: Bacchus

Detroit’s infant mortality rate is almost three times the national rate. Many community-based organizations provide services and resources that address the social determinants of health risk factors that could offset the numbers, but these resources are underutilized.
SisterFriends Detroit has two goals: reduce Detroit’s infant mortality rate and train community members to become social change agents. SisterFriends provides one-on-one support throughout a woman’s pregnancy and first postnatal year, and connect pregnant women to pre-existing services that address social determinants of health.

Keywords

Access/Care Coordination, Maternal and Child Health, Social Determinants of Health

Athena Hall, MPH, PhD Candidate

SisterFriends Program Coordinator
Detroit Health Department

○ Athena Hall attended Wilberforce University a private (HBCU) and majored in Biology/Pre-Med. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, she immediately enrolled in George Washington University to pursue her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy. While completing her degree, she joined Academy Health, and started a student chapter at her school, and collaborated with local women’s shelters, hosting food and clothing drives. Because of her passion for those underrepresented and underserved in the health care system, and the desire to effect change in the disproportionate rates of infant mortality within those populations, she now works with SisterFriends Detroit helping to coordinate need areas. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Public Health, Community Education at Walden University.

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