Posted by  Kiana Trabue on 4.1.2018

She was thirty-six years old, highly educated, and gainfully employed as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where her work focused on understanding how structural inequality, trauma, and violence made people sick. She had an amazing support system, and what some would call “good” health insurance.

Despite these advantages, three weeks after giving birth she collapsed and died. Her cause of death? Complications from high blood pressure.

Shalon Irving’s story is not uncommon. According to the CDC, black women are 243 percent more likely than white women to die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes. ...

Forest Park firefighters teach safe sleep to prevent infant deaths

Posted by  Hollis Bass on 4.3.2017

When the Forest Park Fire Department responded to four infant sleeping deaths over a three-month span, all in the same apartment complex, Captain Tom Jackson felt that something had to be done. “The department has always done a lot of education about smoke detectors and in the schools,” said Jackson. “These things make a difference, so I thought, why not make a difference with something as important as babies sleeping safely?”

Forest Park Fire Department firefighter standing in front of fire truck
Captain Tom Jackson of the Forest Park Fire Department.

Jackson took his concerns to Assistant Fire Chief Jermaine Hill, who also heads up the Forest Park WeTHRIVE! Team. ...

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April 2, 2018