Getting Off to a Good Start: World Health Day Program Focused on Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

Public awareness and education campaign to improve pregnancy outcomes

Between 1993 and 1999, the American Association for World Health, Washington, organized three annual meetings.

Since 1987, the American Association for World Health, an independent, nonprofit organization, has taken the lead in organizing and conducting nationwide action campaigns around themes identified for the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Health Day.

Key Results

  • Project staff:

    • Coordinated and sponsored the World Health Day event, "Oral Health for a Healthy Life," April 7, 1994. The meeting, held at the Pan American Health Organization headquarters in Washington included a keynote address on dental public health issues by Michael McGinnis, MD, MPH, then the deputy assistant secretary of health.
    • Developed a comprehensive resource kit in collaboration with representatives from more than 30 health, professional, and government organizations.
    • Stimulated numerous community events focused on oral health.
    • Coordinated and sponsored a national event, "Creating Healthy Communities...Together," on World Health Day, April 8, 1996. The meeting, held at the Pan American Health Organization headquarters in Washington, D.C., featured a keynote address by CDC director David Satcher, MD.
    • Developed, published, and disseminated a resource booklet, Creating Healthy Communities...Together. The booklet was designed for use by organizers at the community level.
    • Conducted the World Health Day Program on April 7, 1998, to launch the Safe Motherhood initiative. Held at the National Press Club in Washington, the program featured a keynote address by the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles.