MBRC announces new health program for women and children | Families
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium (MBRC) is announcing a new health care program for women and children in the Bootheel.
MBRC oficials say the Maternal and Child Health Demonstration Project is a 3- year grant funded program sponsored through the Missouri Foundation of Health, established to fill gaps in health care for women of reproductive age (15-44) in the Missouri Bootheel.
The project will address both individual and environmental barriers to health care.
Environmentally by helping organizations address social determinants to health care and individually through smoking cessation, obesity reduction, and healthy eating.
Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi, Pemiscot, and Dunklin counties in the Missouri Bootheel, are ranked among the lowest in the state in regards to overall health, according to the consortium.
Health officials say these counties also lead the state in infant mortality, heart disease, smoking and lack of physical activity. The adult obesity rate in the Bootheel is at 32% while the childhood obesity rate has tripled to 17% in the last 10 years (CDC, 2010). African Americans have higher infant mortality rates and general poor health (US Office of Minority Health; Centers for Disease Control, 2010). The Bootheel has the third highest concentration of African Americans in the region after St. Louis and Kansas City. Poverty, environmental factors, community norms, and insurance coverage are major social determinants to health care in this region.
Research has indicates that a woman’s general health before she becomes pregnant will affect the birth outcomes of children she may have in the future.
According to MBRC, the program will offer health coaching, train the trainer trainings, and resource development for participating organizations. Also, assist organizations in implementing continuous improvement practices within their organization to understand and address barriers to health care including social determinants of health care and increasing access to health care among Missouri Bootheel women of reproductive age.
According to the health organzation, potential outcomes for the program include:
- A systematic change in the way services are delivered to Missouri Bootheel women
- Improvement in access to health care
- Enhanced organizational efficiencies
- Increased access to information and increased positive healthy behaviors.
The project will serve approximately 450 women at a cost of $500,000.
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