Women-Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network: Detroit

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The Detroit Regional Infant Mortality Reduction Task Force was formed in 2008 after the CEOs of the four major health systems serving Detroit (Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, Oakwood Healthcare, and St. John Providence Health System ), alarmed by persistently high infant mortality rates in the region and gaping health disparities, committed their organizations to find lasting, collaborative solutions.

Guided by the Task Force's expertise, the Women-Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network: Detroit project aims to reduce infant mortality rates in Detroit through the following strategies:

Project Goal:

Working through an unprecedented public-private partnership of Detroit's major health systems, public health, academic and community partners, we will tighten a loose net of disconnected medical and social services, thereby building a comprehensive, accountable system of care that will engage the residents of three Detroit neighborhoods to improve the conditions that lead to infant survival through the first year of life.

To achieve this we will employ the following strategies:

Objective #1

6 Community Neighborhood Navigators (CNNs) will recruit 1500 African-American women ages 18-34 in Brightmoor, Chadsey-Condon, and Osborn neighborhoods in Detroit.

  • The CNNs connect women and their children to an array of socially and economically appropriate healthcare services, local neighborhood resources, and phone and Web-based sources of information to meet their needs.
  • Pregnant women receive intensive intervention including home visits and mentoring while non-pregnant women are encouraged through strengthened social support and group sessions.

Objective #2

Provide healthcare equity training sessions to 500 physicians and providers.

  • To increase the understanding of how life’s difficult circumstances impact health, we offer interactive and informative sessions aimed at improving awareness of racial disparities providing participants with a new framework for caring for patients and clients.

Objective #3

Establish educational and supportive products that will engage the broader community in promoting good health status prior to and during pregnancy.

  • To provide a virtual community for women to connect to resources for sharing and learning through social media, our website, and text messaging system.
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