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A Healthy Baby is Worth the Weight Denver Metro and County Presenter. Shana Patterson R.D. at 303-436-4641 or [email protected] Denver Health - Eastside WIC Clinic 501 E. 28th Street Denver, CO 80205. Denver & Denver County. Statistics, 2002. Population: 562,418. l.

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A Healthy Baby is Worth the Weight

Denver Metro and County Presenter

Shana Patterson R.D. at

303-436-4641 or

[email protected]

Denver Health - Eastside WIC Clinic

501 E. 28th Street

Denver, CO 80205


Denver & Denver County

Statistics, 2002

Population: 562,418

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The six metro surrounding counties: 2.4 million

Demographics: 11.1 % African American; 31.7%

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Hispanic; 2.8% Asian and 1.3% Native American

Median Household Income: $39,910

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Education: High School, 92.1%; Bachelor’s 35%

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Live Births: 10,301

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Low Birth Weight, Singleton: 811, 7.8% (PRAMS

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data)


Implementation
Implementation

  • Access to Denver Health surrounding clinics was open, but not all were receptive

  • Several clinics within DH were already using a version of the weight-gain grid or were at least familiar with the tool

  • Other practices, providers, clinics etc, in Denver County were contacted from a list generated by EPSDT


Implementation continued
Implementation Continued

  • After initial contact, follow-up was done with faxed, Fact Sheet information and mailed demo packets; initial appointments and trainings were scheduled

  • Types of trainings: Group: Grand Rounds for University Hospital; incoming residents rotation; combined-discipline physicians meetings, Practice Managers meetings, etc. ‘Individual’: Clinic settings to include all staff involved in initial and subsequent patient visits


Successes
Successes

  • The program was implemented in the majority of Denver Health Clinics

  • Heightened awareness of the correlation of adequate prenatal weight gain and LBW with care providers

  • BMI wheels were the ‘magic bullets’

  • Program initiation in many clinics caused a new/renewed interest in providing a variety of nutrition, health & behavior information to patients

  • Increased networking and communication between clinics and practices


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

  • Follow up must be strong and consistent for the program to be successful

  • Persistence is key when interacting with agencies/clinics that are new to you

  • Take whatever time you are given, even if it is only 15 minutes! It is not enough time to train, but it is enough to grab their interest!

  • Be certain you are able to effectively communicate the EASE of this program (see attached ACOG Vs. Grid slides)


Contact list suggestions
Contact List Suggestions

  • Local hospitals, clinics, health centers

  • Pregnancy testing centers, Planned Parenthood and Family Planning centers

  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

  • MCPN (Metro Community Provider Network

  • Training hospitals and nursing schools

  • Insurance providers

  • Hospitals doing prenatal classes

  • EPSDT (Medicaid) provider listings for counties


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