Coalition on Infant Mortality and the Adopt-A-Mom Program

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About the Coalition

The Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality was formed in 1991 as an initiative of the Women’s Health Division of the Guilford County Department of Public Health, with the goal to increase public awareness on infant mortality and to develop strategies to provide for more healthy birth outcomes. This is a collaborative effort of people from the community who recognize this problem and work together to make a difference. The Coalition’s motto is “Creating Futures, One Baby at a Time”.

What is infant mortality?

Infant mortality is the death of a child born alive before their first birthday. In Guilford County, the main causes of infant mortality are prematurity/low birth weight, birth defects, and SIDS. For more information, see the Coalition Fact Sheet.

About the Adopt-A-Mom Program

The Adopt-A-Mom Program is sponsored by the Coalition on Infant Mortality and coordinates prenatal care for low to medium-risk pregnant women who are not eligible for Medicaid, do not have private insurance to cover the cost of care, and cannot afford to pay out of pocket for care. Patients who wish to enroll in the Adopt-A-Mom Program should contact Leandra Vernon at 336-641-7513 for an appointment.

The following is a current list of all participating OB/GYN practices in Guilford County who help ensure access to prenatal care for all women by providing prenatal care to Adopt-A-Mom Program participants:

  • Dr. Bernard Marshall
  • Cone Family Practice
  • Dr. Henry Dorn
  • Guilford County Department of Public Health clinics
  • Women’s Hospital of Greensboro clinic
  • Center for Women’s Healthcare at Stoney Creek

The Adopt-A-Mom Program has also negotiated discounted rates for labwork and ultrasounds with our partners at Solstas Labs, LabCorp, and Duke Perinatal Consultants.

Awards and Reporting

The Adopt-A-Mom Program has received many awards and been recognized by many organizations for being a creative, community driven solution to significant health challenges, having a proven record of success, as a best practice program that demonstrates success in improving maternal and child health, improving quality of care, reducing health care costs, an example of excellence in community health improvement, connecting immigrants to existing community resources, and as an inspiration to the state for improving the lives of children and their families while having a profound effect on infant mortality in Guilford County.

The Adopt-A-Mom Program works with a statistician to report on outcomes of program participants.

The Guilford County Coalition on Infant Mortality is a nonprofit organization supported by generous community partners including the following:

  • Cone Health Foundation
  • Guilford County Partnership for Children/Smart Start
  • March of Dimes Foundation
  • Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation
  • Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

More Information

  • Charmaine Purdum, Coordinator 336-641-6775
  • Leandra Vernon, Adopt-A-Mom Patient Coordinator 336-641-7513
  • Cara Derounian, Coalition Case Manager 336-641-3338

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