Mercer School of Medicine faculty members receive $5.5 million grant

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Two Mercer University School of Medicine faculty members received a $5.5 million dollar grant to fight maternal and infant mortality in a seven-county region of rural Georgia.

The grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration will help Dr. Bryant Smalley and Dr. Jacob Warren establish a program called “South Georgia Healthy Start” that will implement and determine the impact of a multi-level initiative that establishes new systems of physical and mental health care for pregnant women in rural areas.

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The program will also provide comprehensive case management and health promotion to at-risk mothers and families, engage in workforce development and promote systems change to improve maternal and infant health.

The doctors will be hiring a team of 13 professionals from the counties to help provide services.