Maternal & Infant Health

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.

Priority Focus 1: Provide active case management for low-income mothers and infants during and after pregnancy

Priority Focus 2: Diabetes management during pregnancy

Priority Focus 3: Sexual health education

Priority Focus 4: Identify variables that decrease infant mortality


B.A.B.E. is a unique “store” that offers incentives to expectant mothers and parents to encourage responsibility and improve self-esteem....

There are two primary CH providers of programming in this health need area: Prenatal Care Coordination (PCC) in Elkhart, Perinatal and Infant Health (PIHP) in SJC....

The Safety class is aimed at parents and caregivers of children ages birth to teen and a variety of topics are covered to prevent accidents and injuries....

The St. Joseph County Health Department (SJCHD) Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program examines the social, economic, cultural, health, safety and systems issues related to infant death and determines local factors upon which interventions for improvement in the perinatal health system can be based....

The PEERS Project in Elkhart County is a middle school risk avoidance curriculum that emphasizes nurturing and maintaining the emotional health of youth....

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children eat well and stay healthy....