The 2019 Stork's Nest graduation was a signal of accomplishment for program participants and the organizers, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Photo: George W. Tillman Jr.)

Tune in to TSDRadio on WLOK this Sunday at 5 p.m. for the next segment of “Where Do We Go From Here?”

The topic is infant mortality, specifically an ongoing effort to address the challenge by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. through Stork’s Nest, an incentive-based, prenatal health program for low-income, pregnant women.

After completing an eight-week, incentive-based prenatal program for low-income pregnant women offered by Stork’s Nest, Laveta Rossell spoke at the graduation ceremony on June 11. Stork’s nest is a national partnership between Zeta Phi Beta sorority and the March of Dimes. Also pictured (l-r): Stacey Smith, sorority chapter president; Beverly Anderson, education coordinator; and Candice Williams, community outreach coordinator. (Photo: George W. Tillman Jr.)

Stork’s nest reflects a partnership between Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and the March of Dimes. Pivoting off of her front-page story in the July 18-24 edition of The New Tri-State Defender, Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell engages sorority members in a conversation about Stork’s Nest on this Sunday’s show.

And yes, the need to address infant mortality still is substantive. After falling to a historic low in 2015 (8.2 deaths per 1,000 live births), Shelby County’s infant mortality rate increased to 9.3 in 2016 and 10 in 2017, the last year for which figures were available.