Our Community Health Navigators work with women who are pregnant or have a baby under the age of one. We also aim to reach and engage those individuals who are statistically the most at-risk for low birth weight and infant mortality.
Did you know?
In Ohio, African American infants are more than 2.5 times more likely to die in their first year of life compared to white infants.
Prematurity is the leading cause of low birth weight and infant mortality.
Mothers who are not able to receive proper nutrition, support, and prenatal care are more susceptible to pregnancy complications and preterm birth.
What do the Community Health Navigators do?
Increase education and awareness of low birth weight and infant mortality and their impact in the African American community.
Work to establish and build trusting relationships with individuals and families through general support and encouragement.
Work to reduce stressors related to racial disparities in the African American community.
Provide prenatal, parenting, and health information and education.
Connect individuals and families with quality community resources, services, programs, and baby items such as diapers and car seats.
Network in the community to build partnering relationships.
The Family Wellness Community Health Navigator Program is made possible through a partnership with:
Why is low birth weight a concern? It increases the risk of health complications. The baby’s tiny body is not as strong, and he or she may have a harder time eating, gaining weight, and fighting infection.
INFANT MORTALITY is defined as the death of a live-born baby before his or her first birthday.
Quick facts about infant mortality:
Low birth weight babies (less than 5.5 pounds) are at higher risk.
Less stress during pregnancy reduces the chances of low birth weight and infant mortality.
Early prenatal care helps prevent low birth weight and infant mortality.
Breastfeeding in the first six months to one year gives babies an extra healthy start.
The ABCs of safe sleep help keep babies safe in their first year…
A – Place babies Alone
B – on their Backs
C – in their Cribs.
Eckerle Administration Center
922 West Riverview Avenue
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 223-7217 or (800) 300-2937
The July 7, 2023 groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction on a 6,500 square foot addition to the existing building which was originally built in the mid-1960s. The addition will have new space for the agency’s emergency food pantry, an elevator, a new entrance and Welcome Center, and a community room.