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

Programs

ACE Interface was created in 2016 to create a trauma informed community that conveys care and compassion for all people...

Beacon Health System Trauma Team social workers seek to promote wellness and a positive quality of life for adult patients who are recovering from a trauma induced injury....

The South Bend Group Violence Intervention (SBGVI) unites community leaders around a common goal: to stop gun violence and keep South Bend’s highest risk citizens alive and out of prison....

A program developing interventions to build resilience in children who have experienced trauma....

YWCA Take Charge is a primary violence prevention program for youth in schools or with community organizations...