August 10, 2022

'Right from the Start' Free Health Event on Saturday, Aug. 13, in White Oak Will Focus on Support for Black Children and Families

The free “Right from the Start” health event focused on support for Black children and families, from preconception through early childhood, will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the White Oak Community Recreation Center.

The White Oak Community Recreation Center is located at 1700 April Lane in Silver Spring.

In 2021, Black/African American women accounted for 43 percent of all fetal and infant losses in Montgomery County, although they represented approximately 20 percent of all births in the County—an indication of ongoing disparities in birth outcomes. Losses among Black women continue to account for one-third or more of all losses in the County.

The event is scheduled during National Breastfeeding Month and will offer information on breastfeeding and will include activities for children, refreshments and random prizes. The keynote speaker will be Lima Redhead, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist.

“Every baby deserves to be born healthy,” said Jacquelyn Williams, co-chair of the African American Health Program’s (AAHP) executive committee. “While we as a County have made progress in reducing the health disparities faced by Black mothers, more work remains to be done. Our hope is that this event will raise greater awareness and advocacy within our communities, so that we can continue to positively impact the health of our families.”

Attendees at the event will learn about:
  • Healthy habits in the years before pregnancy.
  • Racial disparities, healthy pregnancy and how to advocate for oneself, self-advocacy.
  • Speaking up for yourself with healthcare professionals and educators.
  • Taking care of yourself and your children from infancy through kindergarten/first grade.
  • Developmental milestones in early childhood.
  • Mental health for the Black Community.
Right from the Start is co-sponsored by the African American Health Program (AAHP), Early Child Services, and Babies Born Healthy and the Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Program. All are programs of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services.

Register online for the free event. Call 240-777-3118 for more information and help to register if you do not have online access.