November 11, 2005

VU donates vehicles to Gulf Coast infant programs

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VUMC’s Lisa Signorello, Sc.D., spoke at the conference.
photo by Joe Baker

VU donates vehicles to Gulf Coast infant programs

Vanderbilt University is donating a fleet of six vehicles to Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) programs hit by the hurricanes in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to Barbara Clinton, M.S.W., director of the Center for Health Services.

MIHOW, which has a mission to stimulate the birth and growth of low-cost, parent-to-parent interventions that improve health and child development for low-income families, is the largest program within the Center for Health Services.

About half of the 20 different community agencies partnering with Vanderbilt were hit by the hurricanes, Clinton said.

“When the hurricane hit, various departments at Vanderbilt starting thinking about how they could help those communities,” Clinton said.

“These MIHOW programs in those communities serve very, very poor families and a lot of the programs are in rural communities where FEMA and other help doesn't get there very fast.”

The surplus campus vehicles — two full-size pickups and four sedans are being presented during MIHOW's annual conference Nov. 9-11 at Union Station in Nashville.