Working together to improve the health of moms and babies in California
The California Chapter and our partner organizations are helping moms to have healthier pregnancies and to babies begin healthier lives. Below are some programs where our grants and awards are making a difference.
Interconception Care Project
The California Chapter awarded funding to the American Congress of Obstretricians and Gynecologists, District IX to develop interconception guidelines for the postpartum medical visit. These guidelines assist the obstetric provider in screening, risk-reduction counseling, treatment and referral to improve outcomes of subsequent pregnancies. The guidelines and patient handouts were launched at a summit in Los Angeles in November 2011 and will be the topic of a presentation at our 12th Annual Conference for Health Professionals in March 2012.
University of California, San Diego - SPIN program
Funding helped the Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) program at UCSD Medical Center to develop a website focused on premature infant nutrition. The website houses educational materials and practical information for families with a newborn in intensive care. The website has reached families and health professionals across California and beyond.
Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Program - Alameda County
The ClubMom program provides risk reduction education and support to low-income African-American women at risk for adverse birth outcomes. Participants at three program sites are recruited from the zip codes in Alameda County with the highest infant mortality rates. 143 women participated in ClubMoM sessions over the grant period. Evaluation results showed that twice as many women reported that they had more information on stress and depression, almost three times as many women reported that they had more information about nutrition and exercise and the number of women who reported an increase in social support for relationship issues upon completion of the program increased from 70% to 91%. Project results were presented at the 2011 CityMatCH, Urban MCH Leadership Conference and at the 2011 American Public Health Association Annual Conference.