Aug. 21, 2008 -- As Memphis, Tenn., struggles to curb infant deaths, city cutbacks continue. In the meantime, nonprofit organizations are working to help children and their families live a healthier life. Please click on the links below for more information about each of these important groups.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, in Baltimore, offers grants and intervention services to help children and their families. Additionally, the group collects data that is used to help change public policy and social services.
The Maternal League of Memphis was established in 1935 and continues to help mothers and their newborn infants stay healthy.
The National Black Child Development Institute works to "improve and protect the quality of life of black children and families."
The Oasis of Hope, part of the Hope Presbyterian Church in Memphis, assigns mentors to community members needing assistance. Teenager Andreah "Precious" Simpson, featured in the "20/20" story about high infant mortality in Memphis, participated in the program and gave birth to a healthy baby.
Save the Children does community outreach both in the United States and in the developing world, working with families to solve community problems.
The Urban Child Institute, in Memphis, specializes in helping mothers and children, from conception to age 3.
Zero to Three helps parents raise healthy infants and toddlers through education and training.