466 Works, along with community partners, is planning a new neighborhood center- the first of its kind in our county- that will serve as a replicable model in the fields of education, youth success, health, and community development while bringing new resources to the fight......
Significant Health Need
Health Families: Maternal/Infant Health–Multiple 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: Expand access to primary care services for underserved high-risk pregnant women and their families.
Priority Focus 2: Increase preconception and family planning engagement programs.
Priority Focus 3: Provide programming that promotes positive perinatal care and healthy behaviors from family caregivers.