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The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Teams Up with Award Winning Producer to Debut a Documentary about African American Infant Mortality

Spokesperson Tonya Lewis Lee, Tom Joyner Morning Show Commentator and BET Journalist Jeff Johnson and DHHS Leaders Join forces to Launch National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 7, 2009)– The Office of Minority Health and the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will announce a new documentary by bestselling author, award-winning television producer and campaign spokesperson Tonya Lewis Lee.  Lee, the wife of film producer, Spike Lee, produced the documentary with DHHS to raise awareness about the high infant mortality rates in African American communities.

WHAT:          

A Healthy Baby Begins with You national infant mortality campaign spokesperson Tonya Lewis Lee is stepping up her role in the fight to reduce the infant mortality rate in the United States. DHHS will host a press conference screening of A Healthy Baby Begins with You documentary at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

WHO:

  • Tonya Lewis Lee, author, filmmaker and Healthy Baby Begins with You spokesperson
  • Jeff Johnson, Tom Joyner Morning Show commentator, award-winning activist, journalist and motivational speaker
  • Howard Koh, M.D. Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS
  • Garth Graham, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

WHERE:

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20045, building at the corner of 14th and F street next to the JW Marriott(Noon Press Conference)

Jin, 2017 – 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20009, on the U Street Corridor (Evening Meet and Greet)

WHEN:

Press Club: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – 12 pm to 1 pm

Jin: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – 6 pm to 8 pm

WHY:

This 30-minute video documents the HHS/OMH “A Healthy Baby Begins with You” peer education campaign on infant mortality and preconception health.  The program utilizes college students to speak about everyday healthy living to male and female students well before they think about bringing pregnancy and children into their lives.

The video follows the students and their mentors in school, after-school, hospital and community settings in Memphis and Atlanta and shows infant mortality as a community-wide as well as personal issue.

Video producer and spokesperson Tonya Lewis Lee, television and radio commentator Jeff Johnson, and OMH Director Garth Graham, will talk about the issues and encourage schools and students to participate in the program.   OMH will be joined by national organizations involved in National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (September) and other DHHS agencies.

For more information contact:

Xina Eiland at 703-785-4358 / xina@eilandgroup.com

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