Maternal & Infant Health

Significant Health Need

Health Families: Maternal/Infant HealthMultiple health measures support the issue of maternal/infant health/prenatal care as a community health priority. The teenage birth rate is higher in EC (41) than MC (28), SJC (29), or the state (30). Similarly, Elkhart’s rate of newly diagnosed chlamydia cases (456.0)  is also  higher than the state (437.9), MC (142.2) or SJC (389.7). The infant mortality rate for the northern IN region (Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, SJC) is 7.7 compared to 7.1 for the state, and 17.4 for Black infants (IN-14.4). Several perinatal health indicators were also noted, including the rate of first trimester entry into prenatal care, with specific focus on first trimester into care for black mothers; smoking rates during pregnancy; and low birth weight.

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


Priority Focus 2:
Have pop-up BABE stores in Elkhart and Bremen. Offer activities for healthy brain development in infants and toddlers.


Priority Focus 3: 
Provide family health/wellness and engagement classes.

Programs

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....