September 30, 2017

Community Action Network (CAN) Meeting

Community Action Plan

The Baby’s 1st Project Community Action Network is a large cross-sector group of stakeholders interested in improving birth outcomes and the welfare of families with children under the age of 5. Over the last two years, a subcommittee of Baby’s 1st Project and a formal subcommittee of the Child Death Review Team served as the point persons for a study of five years of infant death data in Delaware County. The study was conducted by colleagues Mara Aussendorf and Gabrielle Grode of Public Health Management Corp. (PHMC). At this important meeting, we heard about the findings of the study and the release of a Community Action Plan to help every baby have a great start in life. We also celebrated 25 years of Maternal and Child Health partnerships, recognizing community partners for helping to strengthen the safety net for families.

See Delaware County Daily Times article about the Community Action Plan.

Our Partners

Congratulations and thank you to our community partners. Pictured above, with Joanne Craig, Frances Sheehan and Jordan Casey of the foundation, are:

  • Valerie Clark Henry, Delaware County Family Center
  • Tracy Tucker and Sandra Johnson, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Rho Chi Zeta Chapter
  • Dan Atkins, Medical Legal Partnership, Widener University, Delaware School of Law;
  • Laura Handel, Esq., HELP-MLP;
  • Brittany Davis-Schaffer, M.D., director of Crozer Chester Medical Center Outpatient Pediatric Clinic
  • Rob Knoll, M.D., Crozer Chester Medical Center Department of Pediatrics.

Proclamation from Chester

Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and Councilwoman Elizabeth Williams also joined the meeting and presented a proclamation to Frances Sheehan, president of The Foundation for Delaware County, and Joanne Craig, vice president for programs.  The proclamation congratulated the Women’s and Children’s Health Programs for serving and partnering with families in Chester and all of Delaware County for 25 years. (Not pictured: Tara Dechert, Nurse Family Partnership National Service Office.)

Photo Highlights

Thanks to our 25th Anniversary sponsors