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LOVE THY NEIGHBOR City MatCH: Denver, CO March of Dimes’ Panel. August 26, 2007. Marie James, Director Jeremiah Wellness Center Macedonia Baptist Church Byron L. Craig, Pastor/Teacher Norristown, PA A pilot project for the March of Dimes- CDC cooperative agreement

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Love thy neighbor city match denver co march of dimes panel

LOVE THY NEIGHBORCity MatCH: Denver, COMarch of Dimes’ Panel

August 26, 2007

Marie James, Director

Jeremiah Wellness Center

Macedonia Baptist Church

Byron L. Craig, Pastor/Teacher

Norristown, PA

A pilot project for the March of Dimes- CDC cooperative agreement

"Reducing Disparities in Premature Birth"


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  • The Norristown Community faces serious challenges:

    • Access to care

    • Disparities in health outcomes for most vulnerable population

  • Implemented to address some of these issues

  • Designed to reduce disparities by use of:

    • Trusted relationships

    • Networking with health agencies

    • Increasing knowledge

    • Supporting women (spiritually, emotionally and practically) through pregnancy


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  • Norristown:

    • County seat of Montgomery County, PA

    • Population: 31,282 (2000 Census Bureau)

  • Montgomery County:

    • 3rd largest county by population in the state of PA

    • 44th wealthiest county in the US (based upon per capita income, 2000 Census data)

      (Norristown Alliance For Healthy Babies, Community Action Plan 6/07)


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(Norristown Alliance For Healthy Babies, Community Action Plan 6/07)


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(Norristown Alliance For Healthy Babies, Community Action Plan 6/07)


Love thy neighbor city match denver co march of dimes panel

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(Norristown Alliance For Healthy Babies, Community Action Plan 6/07)


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  • Project Objectives:

    • #1: Mentoring Mommies Program

    • #2: Health Education Classes

    • #3 Youth Advisory Board


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  • MENTORING MOMMIES’ Goals

    • Provide Spanish language education to improve participation in early and consistent prenatal care

    • Connect pregnant women to local resources, serve as interpreters and advocate when necessary

    • Provide monthly mentoring calls to pregnant women to ensure compliance with care and provide emotional support


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  • Access to Services: 3 Ts

    • Transportation assistance

    • Translation

    • Trust/Time


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  • Adopting Healthy Behaviors: 3 Ms

    • Mentor calls

    • Modeling

    • Ministry


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  • Barriers to the 3 Ts & Ms are:

    • Language

    • Money

    • Domestic violence

    • Lack of trust

    • Fear of government

    • Cultural norms

    • “New cultural rules”


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  • Results of the 3 Ts and 3 Ms approach:

    • Social support networks developed

    • Peer support/behavior modified

    • Nutrition improved

    • Appointment compliance

    • Reading and seeking health information increased

    • Spouse involvement increased

    • Childbirth education classes participation

    • Health education classes participation:

      • Dental care, hypertension and diabetes


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  • For additional information please contact:

    Marie Y. James, Director

    Jeremiah Wellness Center

    Macedonia Baptist Church

    2633 Hillcrest Avenue

    Norristown, PA 19401

    610-239-0192 or myj67@msn.com


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