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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: 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.

Programs

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......

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

The SJCDH FIMR program in partnership with Power to Decide plans to offer training and certification for clinical providers and agencies servicing women of childbearing age on the One Key Question® (OKP) pregnancy intention screening program.  The OKQ asks, “Would you like to become pregnant......

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....