Since November is National Prematurity Awareness Month, the Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center of St. Mark AME Church, has partnered with March of Dimes, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Black Child Development Institute to sponsor a series of community forums aimed at bringing this issue to the forefront in an effort to find solutions to break this devastating cycle of premature babies. The forums are being held in partnership with several other organizations under the overall theme of “Breaking the Cycle: Protecting Our Legacy,” the community forums are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served during each forum.
• Breaking the Cycle: Protecting Our Legacy—Identifying Solutions will be held on November 14th, from 6-8 p.m. Following a screening of “Women to Women for Healthy Babies” video, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from local health and social service agencies and participants of the Women to Women for Healthy Babies video. This session will conclude with brainstorming to create a wish list of changes that can support healthy baby outcomes, including short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions. (Held at the Lovell Johnson Quality of Life Center #2 1530 W. Atkinson Ave.)
• Breaking the Cycle: Protecting Our Legacy—Mobilizing for Action will be held on November 17th, from 2-4 p.m. After personal reflections provided by women who have experienced a preterm birth, Dean Magda Peck of the Zilber School of Public Health, will be the featured speaker and the session will wrap up with a call to action from Senator Lena Taylor, 4th District, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Sixth District and Dr. Christlyn Stanley of St. Mark Women’s Missionary (Held at St. Mark AME Church, 1616 W. Atkinson Ave.).