Destined for Greatness

DFG Logo 2African-American women experience a number of chronic stressors that increase their risk for pregnancy-related complications and adverse birth outcomes. The aim of the Destined for Greatness Program is to improve these health outcomes by empowering mothers and their children with positive coping resources. Mothers participate in a culturally-tailored stress management program while their children participate in a kindness curriculum program that promotes prosocial behavior.


This community-based project is a collaboration between PRO-Health and the Black Infant Health Program, and was funded by the March of Dimes Foundation (PI: Manning; Co-Investigator: Urizar).


Thornburgh, G., Dunne, L., Brown, C., & Urizar, G. (2017). The effects of a stress management program on self-efficacy, stress, and mood among low-income African-American mothers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51(1), S343.