2Welcome to PPE! College Students—we are IT! We are responsible for the next generation of healthy women/men/babiesOur opinion is powerful
3About the Group Requirements for membership: Structure Attend at least one meeting per semester (held once or twice a month)Attend at least one campus or community outreach event per semesterStructurePresidentVice PresidentCampus Outreach LiaisonCommunity Outreach LiaisonSecretaryTreasurerSocial ChairMedia Chair
4What do PPEs do? First, let’s define preconception health: Basically, it is the health of a woman before she becomes pregnant.Infant mortality is a HUGE issue both in Delaware and the US, and we believe that a majority of the problem is due to unhealthy mothers.Starting with teens and young adults, women should begin making healthy lifestyle choices that will not only benefit their future, but that of their future children.Our job is to think of fun and creative ways to spread the word both on campus and in the community!
5WAIT…There’s moreIn addition to helping women and saving babies, we want the men to MAN UP!We target men in order to:Promote safe sex if not ready for a childPromote the importance of a father in a child’s life
6Dr. Magda Peck’s Formula D x V x F > RDissatisfactionVisionFirst StepsAll combined help overcome resistance!
7Why are we dissatisfied? About 25,000 infants in the United States die before their first birthdayMortality rate for non-Hispanic black infants is more than twice that of non-Hispanic white infantsMost babies die due to a serious birth defect, being born prematurely (too small too early), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, pregnancy complications, or injuries…most of which can be preventable with preconception education!
8What’s the Vision? Bring down infant mortality rates Decrease disparityEducate teenagers, women, and men about the importance of prenatal care, healthy lifestyle, and smart choices
10We are already working on them! We are partnered with the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium (DHMIC—you will learn this name very quickly), and use a ton of their resources in our efforts to spread the messages!We participate in conferences, summits, classroom talks, community baby showers…just to name a few.We hand out Life Plan Booklets (both teen and young adult versions), Condoms and business cards for the Man Up Plan Up campaign, and play the LifeCourse Game (ALL of which you will see at your first meeting)
11Still not an expert on preconception care? No worries!We have cabinets full of resources to pull from, and current members and faculty who know a lot about this.Don’t need to be a pro---just passionate!
12We Can Do It!Although it’s a slow process, Delaware’s infant mortality rate is slowly but surely declining—we can’t give up!!We are VERY excited about you joining our team