B.A.B.E. is a unique “store” that offers incentives to expectant mothers and parents to encourage responsibility and improve self-esteem....
Like Access to Healthcare, Maternal/Infant Health is a regional health priority. Community outreach efforts are coordinated and intentional across both counties
to further direct our communities toward collective impact.
Significant Health Need
Multiple health measures from the 2015 CHNA support the issue of maternal/infant health/prenatal care as a regional health priority. The teenage birth rate is
higher in SJC (28.4) than the nation overall (26.5). Both St. Joseph and Elkhart counties have low first trimester prenatal care rates among Black/African
American residents (approximately 50%). Infant and neonatal mortality rates are likewise higher in SJC (8.7 and 6.7, respectively) when compared to Indiana
and the nation. Several perinatal health indicators were also noted, including smoking rates during pregnancy; and low birth weight. Research has clearly shown
a positive correlation between late entry into prenatal care and adverse birth outcomes. To face those challenges and meet this need, Community Health has
created this focus area and indicators to assess progress over time.