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The Case for First Generation Scholars

St. Mary’s Academy prepares young women to impact the world. Each tie color transforms a four-year experience into a legacy of alumnae, women of distinction. My name is Wenonah Valentine, Blue Tie ’72, founder and executive director of iDREAM for Racial Health Equity and community partner with the SMA Health Careers Program. September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and I stand as a champion for Black mothers and babies. My experience as a first-generation scholar and student mother informs and guides faculty, student, staff and community relationships to eliminate racial health disparities and infant mortality in the LA region

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Consult The Research

The New England Journal of Medicine uncovered the story long ago. Consult these links for additional research… “When the Bough Breaks,” Unnatural Causes, http://www.unnaturalcauses.org Healthy People 2020, http://www.healthypeople.gov “Race,Stress and Social Support: Addressing the Crisis in the Black Infant Mortality, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute, http://www.jointcenter.org ‘Mortality Among Infants of Black As Compared with White College-Educated Parents, The New England Journal of Medicine, http://www.nejm.org Office of Minority Health, http://www.minorityhealth.org “Ethnic Health Assessment for African Americans in California, California  Black Health Network, http://www.cbhn.org


Mika’s Story

In 2005, two months after completing all the course work for my Masters in Special Education and returning to my second year as a High School Special Ed. Science teacher, my husband and I began escrow on our first home. We also found out that we were pregnant with our first child! Everything was falling into place and going completely according to my masterful plan. We felt truly blessed. We moved into our beautiful new home only to discover that there was a gas leak and mold that required us to leave the house while it was being repaired. So

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