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The BLUES Project

Local Infant Mortality Rates Decrease, But African-Americans Still Disproportionately Affected

According to the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation. One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality. In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but there are still challenges, particularly for African-Americans.

The BLUES Project (Building Lasting Unshakeable Expectations into Successes) is a community outreach and research project that provides education, counseling, social support and community resources referrals to participants during pregnancy until the child's second birthday. BLUES is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health FoundationOpens External Link.

The BLUES Project is a culturally competent and responsive approach to addressing infant mortality. We have two sites strategically located in Tennessee. Our two locations are in Memphis and Chattanooga. These two cities are located within the two counties with the highest infant mortally rates within the state.

You are eligible for enrollment in the study if you have the following characteristics:

  • Pregnant
  • Be no more than 28 weeks 6 days gestation by last menstrual period (LMP) and/or ultra sound.
  • Agree to release medical records for you and your baby to BLUES staff.
  • Volunteer to participate in the BLUES project by signing an informed consent form.

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The BLUES Project
Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology
Rout Center for Women
and Newborns
853 Jefferson Ave. E140A
Memphis, TN 38163

Phone: (901) 448-5135
Fax: (901) 448-1532
Email: bluesproject@utshc.edu