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SAVE OUR BABIES An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program Presented by: Lesli P. Ahonkhai, MA Data Analyst Linda Sutherland Executive Director The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention National Summit on Preconception Care Jun 21-23, 2005 Atlanta, GA

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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Presented by:

Lesli P. Ahonkhai, MA

Data Analyst

Linda Sutherland

Executive Director

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention National Summit on Preconception Care

Jun 21-23, 2005

Atlanta, GA


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Mission:

Our mission is to reduce and eventually eliminate racial disparities in perinatal health outcomes.


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Orange County Infant Mortality Rates 2000-2003By Race and Ethnicity


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Orange County Excess Feto-Infant Mortality Rates

By Race and Ethnicity


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Why are our black babies dying?

I. General Women’s Health Issues

  • Preconception health status

  • Substance use/abuse

  • Domestic violence

  • Unplanned pregnancies

  • Family planning/baby spacing


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Why are our black babies dying?

II. Access To Prenatal Care

  • Barriers to the Medicaid system

  • Transportation

  • Institutional racism

  • Lack of medical home

  • Lack of insurance/money


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

  • Program Goals:

  • Provide and promote maternal-child

  • health education in order to decrease disparities.

  • Increase early access and continuity of care by utilizing referral resources.

  • III. Provide training and support to

  • minority businesses, community leaders, and consumers.


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Promoting MCH education to reduce racial disparities


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Increasing access to care by utilizing referral sources


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Providing training and support to minority businesses


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Methods:

Outreach workers:

I. Disseminate information to the community.

II. Host training workshops and informational

sessions.

III. Engage the community for action.


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Disseminating information to the community


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Hosting training workshops and informational sessions


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Engaging the community


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

Results:

Increased awareness of racial disparities in birth outcomes

Increased awareness of MCH

Willingness of citizens and businesses to form an advisory committee for the program in order to take ownership of the problem

Increase understanding of how to access the current health and social services system


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SAVE OUR BABIES

An Orange County Healthy Start Coalition Preconception Health Program

  • Conclusions:

    What works?

    Peer education and support groups

    Culturally appropriate educational materials

    Information/referral phone line

    What are some barriers?

    Time constraints of business owners, i.e. beauticians

    Limited providers in targeted zip codes

    Limited staff to address growing demand for service


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