On Friday, September 23, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution highlighting September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland was the lead sponsor of the resolution and Senator Burr of North Carolina and Senator Menendez of New Jersey served as cosponsors of the resolution.
Beginning in 2007, the National Healthy Start Association has asked a Member of Congress to introduce the resolution each September as a way to educate the public and Congressional leaders about infant mortality. The resolution expresses support for the goals of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and calls upon the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate programs and activities.
A copy of the resolution can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/oMDlrV.
Jon Terry is the President of Capitol Youth Strategies and the NHSA Government Relations Consultant.