$10.00 per ticket
$15.00 at the door
$5.00 students (Please show student id at registration desk)

Address: 11200 S. W. 8th Street – CBC 155 (Ocean Bank Auditorium) Miami,Florida 33199

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Footprints Foundation 4000 Ponce Deleon Blvd .

Ste 470 Coral Gables Florida 33146




MANDEVILLE Manchester — The death of a baby at the Mandeville Regional Hospital early yesterday, after being born premature at home hours earlier, has focused attention on the absence of incubators at the top health-care facility in south central Jamaica.

The distressed 18-year-old mother told the Jamaica Observer by telephone that shortly after hearing of her baby’s death she was told by a gynaecologist that an incubator — a machine which protects vulnerable newborn babies — “probably” could have saved the infant.

Ashli Grant said she was told by the sympathetic staff member that the difficulty was incubators are “not cheap”.

Chief executive officer at Mandeville Regional Alwyn Miller told the Observer that, although there is no incubator, the hospital possessed equipment for the care of infants. He also spoke of medical options such as the administration of oxygen to assist babies under threat.

It was not immediately clear yesterday what options or methods were used by medical staff.

Miller said that plans are in motion to establish a “High Dependency Unit” at Mandeville Regional for paediatric and maternity patients and an incubator should be part of that arrangement.

Grant, who is from Pepper in St Elizabeth, said that she felt pain Monday evening, went into labour at her home and had a son at about 9:30 pm. She was taken to the hospital and, after initially hearing that the baby had stopped breathing but that his heart was beating, she was told the baby died at 4:30 am yesterday.

The absence of an incubator apart, Grant complained that staff moved slowly in response to the paediatric emergency.

“They (staff) worked extremely slow,” said the grieving mother, who is also parent to a two-year-old daughter.

Miller noted that, in assessing the case, it would have to be taken into consideration that the baby was born at home without the level of medical care available at hospital.

Miller said there were mechanisms for complaints at the hospital, at the Southern Regional Health Authority, and through the Ministry of Health.

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PANDORA Hearts of Today is a program created to support and celebrate everyday women who do extraordinary things to make a lasting difference to the lives of women and children, and their communities. Let’s celebrate these wonderful women together.

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American Business Women’s Association-Northern Palm Beach.
Guest Speaker

Meeting Information
Date: WEDNESDAY,November 12,2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: $20.00
Location: Embassy Suites Palm Beach Gardens
4350 PGA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Contact Information
American Business Women’s Association
Northern Palm Beach Chapter
14036 Leeward Way
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Sharon Maupin ~ (561) 329-4485



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Global Conference on Maternal and Child Health 2018. The Way Forward


Conference purpose:
The United Nations has established eight Millennium Development Goals, and Footprints Foundation focuses on goals 3 (empowering women), 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health). University of Miami’s Miller School has also worked toward achieving the Millennium Goals through the Integrated Community Development Program. The UN has indicated that its post 2015 goals include continuing with the Millennium Development goals in addition to advancing sustainable development and addressing gaps related to health and gender, among other things. We expect to address these issues head on in the conference where we will collaborate with nongovernmental organizations, civil society groups, governmental organizations, the medical community and social entrepreneurs.

Topic.Maternal and Child Health-Beyond the Millennium Development Goals.
Date: 2018
Venue: TBA


Conference Accommodations 

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Anyone seeking to enter the U.S. to attend the conference must either qualify under the Visa Waiver Program, or must apply for a tourist visa (B1/B2).  Tourist visa applicants must overcome a “presumption of immigrant intent,” in other words, you must actively prove to U.S. Immigration when applying for your visa that you do not intend to remain in the U.S. permanently.  You may do so by demonstrating strong ties to your country (having a good job; owning real estate; having close family ties).  If you are worried about your ability to get a visa, submitting an invitation letter from the conference organizers may help your chances.

First, determine if you qualify under the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of 27 countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business, for 90 days or less, without obtaining a visa. You may read about the Visa Waiver Program and the qualifying countries.

If you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and need to obtain a Visa, you may learn about Visa procedures at U.S. Department of State Temporary Visitors and Destination USA.

Locate your nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate.

Complete an electronic visa application that you can print and bring to your Visa interview.

After you fully register for the conference with payment, we can provide you with a letter confirming that you have registered and paid for attendance at the conference. You would bring this letter with you to your Visa interview.


Sponsorship packages:



Cocktail reception sponsor- $5,000

5 complimentary conference registrations

exhibitor table for literature

premium placement for logo on printed material and conference background screens and website; link from Footprints and conference website to sponsor website

advertisement in conference syllabus

branded material in conference takeaway bag


Gold: $3,500  

5 complimentary conference registrations

exhibitor table for literature

premium placement for logo on printed material and conference background screens and website; link from Footprints and conference website to sponsor website

advertisement in conference syllabus

branded material in conference takeaway bag

Silver: $2,000

3 complimentary conference registrations

exhibitor table for literature

placement for logo on printed material and conference background screens and website; link from Footprints and conference website to sponsor website

advertisement in conference syllabus

branded material in conference takeaway bag


Bronze: $1000

1 complimentary conference registration

placement for logo on printed material and conference background screens and website; link from Footprints and conference website to sponsor website

advertisement in conference syllabus

branded material in conference takeaway bag

Additional Promotional Opportunities: 


Connect with over 150 students and professionals in the global health and funding field.

Corporations: $500

Academic Institutions: $250

NGOs $150

Program Advertising:

Advertise in the conference program and connect participants with your resources for improving health. Materials to be approved in advance by conference organizers. B/W only.  

Full page


Half page



Literature/branded products in takeaway bags-

$250- reach all attendees. Content to be approved by conference organizers.






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Clean Birthing Kit Assemble Day at St Stephens Episcopal Church




Date: Saturday, September 20 2014
Time: 9 am- 12 noon
Venue:St Stephen’s Episcopal Church,Coconut Grove
3439 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove,Florida

Cost Per Kit:$7.00

Cost To Register Team:$70.00
Team:10 persons

T Shirt.$15.00


Team Goal: 50 Clean Birthing Kits.

Name your team.

Goal for the Day: 2000 clean birthing kit for the Mothers in Africa

This is where they are delivering their Babies



If you prefer to donate by mail, please send a check to :

Footprints Foundation 4000 Ponce Deleon Blvd. Ste 470,Miami Fl 33133


BOOM Committee​

​Barnes Circle​

​One Grove Foundation

Lorna Owens. Amazing Grace

Dr. David Farcy. Team Farcy Works.

Michelle Menendez. Robin’s Angel


Hope Powell

Maria Estevez

Carolyn Johnson

Susan Karms

Women’s Club,Coconut Grove.

Robbie Bell





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The World Health Organization said Friday the West Africa Ebola outbreak has killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 6,500.

The U.S. is sending 3,000 military personnel to build 17 treatment facilities in the weeks ahead, but there’s only a handful there now.

The military eventually hopes to provide 1700 new beds for patients and train up to 500 local health care workers each week.

Dr. Paul Farmer co-founded Partners in Health, an organization that helps build health care systems in developing nations. He was recently in Liberia and met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

What it will take to end the Ebola epidemic
There seems to be a disconnect in numbers of hundreds of thousands of people being infected, and the possibility of 1700 more treatment beds.

“Seventeen-hundred more treatment beds does not seem like a lot to me, when you’re talking about a potential need of that scale, so I think there is a mismatch in the math,” said Farmer.

But even if there were enough supplies, Farmer says much more needs to be done to bring the Ebola epidemic under control in a region with broken health care.

“To stop it you have to do two things at once. You have to respond to the emergency, the crisis,” said Farmer. “But also to build a really strong public health system that can go all the way from villages and communities to hospitals. That’s a tall order.”

New therapies and vaccines are being developed. But they won’t be available for many months, says Ebola researcher Thomas Geisbert of the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Paul Farmer with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
“The goal at this point is to contain it, isolate, quarantine the affected people,” said Geisbert. “That’s the more important thing that can be done right now, more so than the vaccines or the treatment. I’m not sure that they will be available really to manage this current outbreak.”

“We know how to prevent Ebola,” said Farmer. “What we need to do is apply that knowledge to building health care systems and to financing. We can do that.”

Farmer believes the mortality rate can be dramatically lowered with modern treatments like IV fluids.

He said an improved survival rate would help convince frightened victims to seek help rather than staying at home, where they often spread the virus to caregivers.

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Study Suggests Reason Why Black Mothers Breastfeed less than White Moms



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When it comes to breastfeeding, a persistent racial disparity exists: Black mothers have lower breastfeeding rates than white mothers. In 2010, 62 percent of American black babies were breastfed at birth, compared to 79 percent of white babies. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may provide some insight into a possible cause of this discrepancy.

Turns out, certain hospitals that serve black communities are failing to fully support breastfeeding. In its most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC reported that hospitals may play a role in the racial discrepancies. The CDC found that facilities in zip codes with more than 12.2 percent black residents were less likely than hospitals in zip codes with fewer black residents to meet five of 10 indicators that show hospitals are supporting breastfeeding.

The CDC looked at the 10 indicators it identified in its 2011 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. They include: educating mothers and health care staff properly, helping mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth and making sure not to give pacifiers or artificial nipples to infants. The researchers coupled these mPINC indicators with U.S. Census data to analyze 2,643 hospitals across the country. No other racial groups were studied.

Given that most babies in the United States are born in a hospital, the short time that a mother and a newborn spend there can have a long-lasting effect on breastfeeding, Jennifer Lind, who holds a doctor of pharmacy and was the lead researcher on the CDC study, told The Huffington Post.

“We’re not really sure all of the reasons why there’s this persistent disparity,” she said. “We know that maternity care practices play an important role in women being able to start and continue breastfeeding, so we wanted to look to see if maybe some of the disparities are starting in the maternity care time periods.”

The CDC found that facilities in zip codes with more than a 12.2 percent black population were much less likely to implement three specific mPINC indicators: helping mothers initiate breastfeeding early on (46 percent compared with 59.9 percent), having infants spend the majority of their time in the same room as their moms, or “rooming-in” (27.7 percent compared with 39.4 percent), and and limiting what infants eat or drink to only breast milk (13.1 percent compared with 25.8 percent).

“Hospital practices during that childbirth period have a major impact on whether a mother is able to start and continue breastfeeding,” Lind said. “So it’s very important that hospitals support mothers in their breastfeeding decisions and follow the recommended policies that have been proven to support breastfeeding.”

The CDC’s findings may contextualize the consistently lower rates of breastfeeding in the black community, as people are usually admitted to hospitals close to where they live, according to the CDC.

However, Pat Shelly, director of The Breastfeeding Center, an organization that promotes lactation education, said that the racial discrepancy may have more to do with socioeconomic factors than simply race.

“Education, money and family support are huge equalizers,” Shelly told The Huffington Post, citing breastfeeding education, access to high-quality healthcare and poor nutrition as possible factors that affect breastfeeding rates.

“All mothers really don’t have a true choice, so that’s really what we’re looking for, particularly amongst black women and particularly with our low-income sisters,” Kimberly Seals Allers told HuffPost Live yesterday in light of the second annual Black Breastfeeding Week.

Allers, a breastfeeding advocate who organized the awareness week specifically for black mothers, said that social stigma may play a role as well. She said she was told “breastfeeding is for poor people” and questioned about whether her baby was eating enough when she started to breastfeed her first child. She also cited formula marketing strategies, myths like breastfeeding leads to breast cancer (it actually has been shown to lower the risk), and a lack of black mothers in breastfeeding marketing and education materials as hindrances to breastfeeding in the black community.

The American Academy of Pediatrics considers breastfeeding and human milk the“normative standards for infant feeding” and recommends exclusive breastfeeding for a baby’s first six months. But the lower rates of breastfeeding in the black community remain an unsolved issue. The CDC is currently funding a three-year project with the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality that aims to increase breastfeeding at 89 hospitals in low-income areas.

Shelly, like Allers, emphasized that hospitals can only do so much before other factors come into play, like preconceptions about breastfeeding, family influence, professional support and a need for a mother to return to work soon after the baby is born.

“There are times that the hospital can be doing its job, but what about afterward, once breastfeeding is really getting started?” Shelly said.

Watch the conversation on HuffPost Live Here



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