This weekend I attended the Citizen’s University, a conference to explore community-building and to teach leadership in civic life. Hosted in my home City of Seattle, I joined the conference as a representative of the University of Washington Husky Leadership Initiative. At the conference catalysts and activists from around the US gathered to listen, learn, share, and grow. Diverse professional leaders and social activists shared the podium to express their passions and calls for action for a variety of social causes. Closing the conference was a panel that included Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, the new executive director of Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion. On stage Dr. El-Sayed reported a mortality rate in Detroit of 15 per 1,000 infants who do not make it to their 1st birthday; a far worse mortality rate than the US National average of 4 infant deaths per 1,000 by age one. An innovative Public Health Administrator, Dr. El-Sayed acknowledges the issue of infant mortality as a top priority in his community and he is working to understand why marginalized populations suffer worse health than their counterparts, especially in relation to preterm birth and infant mortality. As you may see in the picture, it was my pleasure to meet Dr. El-Sayed, a compelling preterm birth advocate and NICU community partner.
Sending a shout out to Dr. El-Sayed! Thank you for your efforts to serve the NICU community.
Neonatal Womb Warriors – who impacted your NICU journey?
Please consider taking the time to thank them whether it be in your heart, through a note, an email or a social media message!We are powerful and grateful warriors!
What are your passions and “calls for action”?
We are #NICUStrong!