In honor of Mothers Day, the Jefferson County Birthing Project will host an event as part of the national organization’s signature Strut & Stroll program.


The Jefferson County observance will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Audobon Café, 2619 Olive St.


LaKeishia Webb-Collins, clinic coordinator for Jefferson County Health Unit; and Sarah Hardin, retired nurse practitioner and event/project coordinator, will share information with the community about maternal and child health.


The community is invited to attend the Strut & Stroll event, which will also include a balloon release, free food and activities.


Birthing Project USA is an award-winning international organization and resource center for improving birth outcomes for women of color, according to a news release.


“Every year twice as many African American infants die before reaching age one as white infants,” according to the release. “Through a unique program model that pairs expecting mothers with mentors from pregnancy until the child reaches two years old, the Birthing Project is changing the health outcomes for families of color across the country.”


Goals of the coast-to-coast project include raising awareness about infant and maternal mortality; supporting moms and babies in local communities; recruiting potential Sister-Friend volunteers and new partners; partnering with local organizations and community stakeholders for Strut & Stroll 2018; inviting the general public to be a part of the effort in their own community.


The May 19 event is sponsored by Jefferson County Birthing Project in partnership with with Kappa Alpha Psi, Pine Bluff Alumni chapter (KOAL to Diamond) and Mu Chi Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. Details: www.birthingprojectusa.org .