A new follow-up care project for infants takes Great Beginnings for Black Babies' prenatal educational programs a logical step further.
Thanks to a windfall of county health department funds, the Crenshaw-based nonprofit agency has implemented a childhood immunization and infant services program.
The program, scheduled to run through June 30, offers free immunizations at Great Beginnings' center in the Hawthorne Mall, as well as referrals to other services such as child care and nutrition counseling. Program participants receive such incentives as car seats, baby furniture and strollers at monthly "healthy babies" celebrations.
Great Beginnings spokeswoman Jeanne Taylor said that the project is a welcome addition to a program that has largely focused on boosting prenatal care among black parents to lower the black infant mortality rate.
"The most we follow infants is six weeks, which is really nothing," Taylor said. "We still get resistance among parents to going back to the doctor after the baby is born."
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