April 13, 2022
MCHD Maternal & Child Health Coordinator visits State Capital
MOBILE, Ala. — On Thursday, April 7, Royce Smith, the Mobile County Health Department’s Maternal and Child Health coordinator, was invited to the state capitol in Montgomery to participate in Strolling Thunder. This was an event hosted by Alabama Partnership for Children (APC).
Strolling Thunder is the flagship advocacy event of Think Babies. It was created to help families connect with state and local elected officials to support stronger families and communities. This event advocates for policy solutions to ensure all babies and families have what they need to thrive, including good nutrition and health, strong family relationships, and positive early learning experiences.
The day included fun activities for babies, toddlers, and their families while meeting with policymakers. The day’s event began with a news conference by Gov. Kay Ivey on the capitol front steps. By mid-day, advocates took a “stroll” to the South Lawn where there were activities for babies and children, as well as information for parents and adults on helping children thrive.
Ms. Smith served as a Parent Leader representing MCHD and all of Mobile County. After participating in the South Lawn events, she was granted the special opportunity to deliver hand-made handprints from children all over the state to legislators. Ms. Smith had the opportunity to meet with several legislators, including Rep. Adline Clarke, who represents District 97.
Ms. Smith had the opportunity to take pictures with Gov. Ivey, Rep. Clarke, as well as our partners at APC. This included Tish McInnis, who is the Strengthening Families Coordinator for APC.
With the Child Abuse Prevention Month’s theme of “Thriving Children & Families: Prevention with Purpose” during April, this event was a wonderful opportunity to promote healthy families and healthy communities.