Forum set for first-time mothers

TUPELO – A Wednesday morning community forum will give people a closer look at a program that could help first-time moms and their babies.
The forum, which will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the BancorpSouth Arena, Room 5, will discuss the Nurse Family Partnership program and survey results from initial meetings in Tupelo and around the state in June.
The Nurse Family Partnership is a national program in which registered nurses make regular visits to women pregnant with their first child and continue visiting through the child’s second birthday, said Valerie Long, executive director of CATCH Kids, the local host for the forum.
Mississippi has one of the worst rates of infant mortality in the nation, and public health advocates have been looking for effective programs.
Wednesday’s forum, which is free, will include an overview of the current health care system in Mississippi and the national health care debate.
CATCH Kids – which provides free community and school-based clinics in Lee, Chickasaw and Pontotoc counties – is hosting the Tupelo forum as part of a statewide network of agencies, but would not be the agency to implement the program.

Contact Michaela Gibson Morris at (662) 678-1599 or michaela.morris@djournal.com.

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