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