Maternal & Child Health Initiative
Maternal & Child Health Goal: To improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families
The mission of the Maternal Child Health Task Force is to facilitate the health and wellness of new mothers and infants in Johnson County. We work to fulfill our mission by focusing on the following key areas:
- Access to early prenatal care. Through our networking and collaboration, we ensure the community is aware of and is able to utilize insurance navigator services, and offer prenatal services through Johnson County Women’s Care Group office and Windrose Health Network.
- Reduction of maternal smoking. Our team acquired the Baby and Me Tobacco Free grant to begin services out of the Johnson County WIC office October 1. Our goal is to reduce the maternal smoking rate from 13.7% to 11.5% by October 2018. We will achieve this though the Baby and Me Tobacco Free platform, and by collaboration with all of our represented task force members to refer patients to the program.
- Promotion and facilitation of breastfeeding. This includes reaching out to county businesses to ensure a healthy breastfeeding environment for employees. We plan to be present at the Johnson County Fair in 2018, continue to educate about and support breastfeeding at Great Expectations, and are currently working to collaborate with the South Central Breastfeeding Coalition to ensure a strong breastfeeding culture in Johnson County. We plan to have an educational offering focused on breastfeeding at the Partnership Wellness Summit.
- Promotion and facilitation of the Safe Sleep message. Our task force will continue to reinforce the “Back to Sleep” message. Healthy Families will continue to supply free infant cribs along with Safe Sleep education to any client in need. Task force members will continue to refer clients to Healthy Families for cribs.
- Reduction of violence against infants. Task force members with patient contact have educated staff on the Period of Purple Crying program from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. We plan to continue promoting and educating on this important message to the community. We plan to make this education a key note address at our Great Expectations events, given by Dr. Leticia Nunez, Pediatrician, from the Windrose Health Clinic. We also plan to continue to support this program with Dose 2 paper materials for Dose 2 providers.
- Care of pregnant inmates at the Johnson County Jail. There has been a rise in addicted and pregnant inmates at the Johnson County Jail. We propose working with the jail to ensure the pregnancy and addiction needs of this complex population are being met in a manner which promotes optimal health for the mother and the baby.
The Great Expectations Childbirth education and baby fair event acts as a vehicle allowing the Maternal Child Task Force to work on 5 of its 6 team goals. We do not require a fee for any patient who registers. Registered participants are not restricted to receiving care at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Each quarter there are patients registered who receive care at Community South and St. Francis. We complete early pregnancy and late pregnancy/new mother and baby education, but also have an hour where participants can tour different booths staffed by “vendors” from the county. Participants can learn of support services and can be matched with services they may need that day. Examples are WIC, Healthy Families, Managed Health Services, Windrose, the Johnson County Library, and La Leche League to name a few. It has proven very positive and has a great reputation in the community for being an excellent and successful collaborative effort created and maintained by the Partnership.
Car Seat Programs
Statistics show that at least four out of five car seats are used incorrectly. Improper use of a child safety seat can lead to severe injury or death. The following departments have certified child passenger safety technicians who provide free car seat inspections and instruct families on how to properly install and secure seats in their vehicles.
Car seats and booster seats are available at no cost to those individuals needing a car seat and have financial need. Proof of participation in a state or federal government assistance program is required for free car seats.
To see a list of Child Safety Seat Inspection Sites: CLICK HERE
Safe Sleep Crib Programs
If your baby does not have a safe place to sleep, contact:
Family Services & Prevention Programs - Johnson County Safe Sleep Program
360 S. Madison Ave., Suite 208, Greenwood, IN 46142
39 Weeks Campaign
Maternity & Child Health Team Chair: Stacey Hummel, Nurse Manager - Maternity Center
Maternity & Child Health Team Members
Dawn Underwood & Peggy Faulk
Lisa Brown, RN
Stacey Hummel, Maternity Center Nurse Manager
Did your know...
...That you are twice as likely to deliver a low birth weight baby if you smoke?
...That your baby has twice the risk of SIDS if you smoke?
...You have a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy if you smoke?
...You have a 30-50% higher risk of miscarriage if you smoke?
Call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or go to Baby Love
for the help you need. It's free!
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