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REDUCING INFANT MORTALITY IN TARRANT COUNTY THROUGH REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE

Departmental Affiliation and City, State, Zip for All Authors

Women & Children's Division, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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Other

Research Presentation Category

Community Health and Prevention

Brief Narrative or Summary

Two JPS projects, Preconception/Interconception and Journey to Life, have the ultimate goal of lowering the preterm birth rate and reducing infant mortality in Tarrant County. Tarrant County currently has the highest infant mortality rate in the State of Texas among Texas counties with 10,000 or more annual live births. The Preconception/Interconception project works with teens, women, and men ages 15-44 who may be at risk for unintended pregnancies. Since October 2013, 3,150 patients have worked with social workers and Community Health Workers to complete reproductive life plans and receive education about health during preconception and interconception. Through these interventions, JPS is reaching patients before and between pregnancies to improve health outcomes. JPS also reaches patients during pregnancy through the Journey to Life project. This project involves conducting CenteringPregnancy sessions and providing maternity medical home services such as car seat classes and dietician referrals. Since October 2013, 6,754 patients have received education and services through this project. In addition to lowering the preterm birth rate, Journey to Life has the goal of increasing the timeliness of prenatal and postpartum care for mothers, which has been shown to improve infant health outcomes. By providing evidence-based services to patients before, during, and in between pregnancies, JPS is promoting maternal and child health, ultimately aiming to reduce infant mortality.

Scientific Abstract

Two JPS projects, Preconception/Interconception and Journey to Life, have the ultimate goal of lowering the preterm birth rate and reducing infant mortality in Tarrant County. Tarrant County currently has the highest infant mortality rate in the State of Texas among Texas counties with 10,000 or more annual live births. The Preconception/Interconception project works with teens, women, and men ages 15-44 who may be at risk for unintended pregnancies. Since October 2013, 3,150 patients have worked with social workers and Community Health Workers to complete reproductive life plans and receive education about health during preconception and interconception. Through these interventions, JPS is reaching patients before and between pregnancies to improve health outcomes. JPS also reaches patients during pregnancy through the Journey to Life project. This project involves conducting CenteringPregnancy sessions and providing maternity medical home services such as car seat classes and dietician referrals. Since October 2013, 6,754 patients have received education and services through this project. In addition to lowering the preterm birth rate, Journey to Life has the goal of increasing the timeliness of prenatal and postpartum care for mothers, which has been shown to improve infant health outcomes. By providing evidence-based services to patients before, during, and in between pregnancies, JPS is promoting maternal and child health, ultimately aiming to reduce infant mortality.

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REDUCING INFANT MORTALITY IN TARRANT COUNTY THROUGH REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE

Two JPS projects, Preconception/Interconception and Journey to Life, have the ultimate goal of lowering the preterm birth rate and reducing infant mortality in Tarrant County. Tarrant County currently has the highest infant mortality rate in the State of Texas among Texas counties with 10,000 or more annual live births. The Preconception/Interconception project works with teens, women, and men ages 15-44 who may be at risk for unintended pregnancies. Since October 2013, 3,150 patients have worked with social workers and Community Health Workers to complete reproductive life plans and receive education about health during preconception and interconception. Through these interventions, JPS is reaching patients before and between pregnancies to improve health outcomes. JPS also reaches patients during pregnancy through the Journey to Life project. This project involves conducting CenteringPregnancy sessions and providing maternity medical home services such as car seat classes and dietician referrals. Since October 2013, 6,754 patients have received education and services through this project. In addition to lowering the preterm birth rate, Journey to Life has the goal of increasing the timeliness of prenatal and postpartum care for mothers, which has been shown to improve infant health outcomes. By providing evidence-based services to patients before, during, and in between pregnancies, JPS is promoting maternal and child health, ultimately aiming to reduce infant mortality.