Gulfport, Mississippi (WLOX) – Health Education and Awareness Sharing (SHEA) is a campaign under the Mississippi Institute of Public Health focused on improving the health of black mothers, babies and families in the Gulf Coast. Partnering with black women-owned and black women-owned businesses, the nonprofit will host a community baby shower on Saturday at the Orange Grove Community Center.
During the event, new and expectant mothers received resources for babies such as diapers, bibs and burp cloths, as well as information on the importance of breastfeeding, smoking cessation, active living and flu vaccination.
The baby shower was a joint effort to help develop stronger, healthier families across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Kenji Jones, program director at the Mississippi Institute of Public Health, says resources like this are sorely needed on the coast.
“African-American women are some of the women with the greatest health disparities, so we want to make sure we have the educational materials and resources to help ease their burden. , as well as the great resources we have for their new bundle of joy,” Jones said.
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