Infant Mortality Workgroup

County Objectives

PGC Healthcare Action Coalition
  1. ​Reduce low birth weights and very low birth weights.
  2. Reduce infant deaths.
  3. Increase the proportion of pregnant women who receive prenatal care beginning in the first trimester.


​​Linking Women to Prenatal Care and Women's Wellness Services

  • Continue workin​g with key partners to secure funding for existing County​​​ prenatal care programs that serve high risk and very high risk uninsured pregnant women needing specialty perinatology, midwifery and other services.
  • ​​​Expand​​​​​​​ existing prenatal care and women's health services to include screening and counseling for diabetes prevention and management (including gestational diabetes), weight management and​​ nutrition counseling, substance abuse and smoking cessation services, referral to dental health services, mental health services and domestic violence prevention, and screenings and referrals for Medicaid.
  • ​Identify funding for and implement and advertising campaign to promote all of the women's wellness and prenatal care services available in the County and to encourage pregnant women to get into care early, focusing on reaching minority women.

​Identifying Innovative Strategies to Address Infant Mortality

  • ​​Provide information to pregnant women and women of childbearing age (including women with health insurance and higher incomes) about the risk factors that affect birth outcomes, especially focusing on African American women.


The Infant Mortality Workgroup meets once a month, the last Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at
1701 McCormick Drive,
Largo, Maryland 20774.

Prince George's Healthcare Action Coalition (PGHAC) meets quarterly at
1400 McCormick Drive,
Largo, Maryland 20774.

List of scheduled PGHAC meetings.


June 12, 2012 February 12, 2013 January 14, 2014​
September 11, 2012 ​April 9, 2013 ​​April 8, 2014
October 9, 2012 June 11, 2013 ​June 10, 2014
November 13, 2012 September 10, 2013 ​September 9, 2014
December 6, 2012 October 8, 2013 ​October 14, 2014
​December 8, 2014​


  • Maryland State Health Improvement Plan Prince George's County Profile ​(PDF)​


​​Name Membership​ Affiliation​ Position
​Marie Pokraka Workgroup Co-Chair​ March of Dimes​ ​Chapter Director of Program Services, Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter
​Elliot Segal Workgroup Co-Chair​ University of Maryland​ Professor, School of Public Health​
​Hoda Sana Research Assistant ​University of Maryland PhD Candidate, Maternal and Child Health
Aldene​ Ault Member​ ​Prince George's County Health Department
​Ernest Carter, MD, PhD ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department ​Deputy Health Officer
​Melvin Gerald, MD ​Member ​Gerald Family Care CEO and President​
Maria Gomez, RN, MPH Member​ Mary's Center​ President and CEO​
​Theresa Grant ​Member ​Prince George's County Department of Family Services ​Director
​Linda Green, MD Member​ Dimensions Healthcare Associates​ Medical Director, Ryan White Primary Care​
​Paul Grenaldo Member​ Doctors Community Hospital​ Senior Executive Vice President, COO​
​Mary Jelacic ​Member ​Pregnancy Aid Center Executive Director​
​Michael Jenifer Member​ Dimensions Healthcare Associates​ ​Vice President, Clinical Ambulatory Network
​Woodie Kessell, MD, MPH ​Member ​Koop Institute at Dartmouth ​Senior Scholar
​Ingra Lewis ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department Infant Mortality Reduction Specialist​
​Sharon Lyeden ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department Program Chief, Infant & Toddlers Program​
​Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD Member ​Access to Wholistic​ and Productive Living Institute, Inc. ​Executive Director
​Laurine Thomas ​Member ​Prince George's County Health Department Grants Writer
​Diane Young ​PGCHD Staff ​​Prince George's County Health Department ​Division Manager, Maternal and Child Health
​Pamela B. Creekmur ​PGHAC Chair Prince George's County Health Department​ Health Officer​
Debra C. Ross​ PGHAC Director​ Consultant​
Erin Diamond​ PGHAC Staff​ Prince George's County Health Department​ Community Developer​

Last Updated: March 4, 2014

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