Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies is a neighborhood outreach program that targets pregnant, high-risk African American women in Mahoning County. In Mahoning County alone, African American women are twice as likely to have a baby that is considered very low birth weight than the population in general. Even more disturbing, the infant mortality rate in the African American community is twice the rate of that in the population in general.
Our Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program can help. Community Care Coordinators provide in-home visits during their client's pregnancy and until their baby turns two years old, and work to empower communities to help eliminate health disparities. The program is specifically tailored to the needs of each client and serves as a vital link to other local human service agencies. The focus of the program is to encourage early and consistent prenatal care. It's one of 13 Infant Mortality Reduction Initiatives in Ohio.
Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies addresses barriers that at-risk pregnant women and their babies experience. Many of the women in the program don't have transportation for prenatal appointments; may not have health insurance; and/or engage in risky behavior. Our staff helps their clients recognize and prevent poor health outcomes.
For more information about Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, contact a Community Care Coordinator at (614) 224-2235 ext. 1522.
Our Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program is not a medical program.
Question: What is Community Care Coordinator?
A Community Care Coordinator (CCC) is a trained advocate from the community who empowers their clients to access community resources through education, outreach, home visits and referrals. The CCC helps the client recognize potential problems to prevent poor birth outcomes.
Our staff of CCCs have gone through extensive training. To be qualified to do their best, they first attend a 9-month training program in infant and maternal health education, for which they receive 18 hours of college credit. Then, they are trained in using the "Partners for a Healthy Baby Home Visiting Curriculum Series for Expectant Families". Developed by the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, this curriculum helps create a more structured and balanced home visit.
Our Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies clients struggle each day to provide shelter, food and clothing for their families. Many times, financial considerations mean they do without the basic necessities, such as diapers or cleaning supplies, or they run out of money before the month end, and don't have enough formula to feed their babies.
You can help by making an in-kind donation so our clients can make sure their babies are healthy and happy. Some items that we need are:
- Disposable diapers
- Similac formula
- Isomil formula
- Baby bottles
- WRTA bus passes for prenatal and well-child appointments
- Newborn clothing--sleepers, layette, blankets, etc.
- Maternity clothing for the moms
You can also hold a "baby shower" in your neighborhood or place of business! Send out invitations, collect the items and drop them off at our Youngstown office on Midlothian Boulevard.