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March of Dimes - Rhode Island Chapter

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Providence, RI  02903

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    Grants History

    March of Dimes Greater Kansas Chapter

    2011 Grantee Summaries


    Sedgwick County Health Department (Wichita)

    This grant project implements the Comenzando bien and TU Puedes Hacerlo (gestational diabetes management) programs and integrates them into their current Centering Pregnancy prenatal care program.  Both programs target Hispanic women and capitalize on the March of Dimes curriculum and resources.  This program is in partnership with the Sedgwick County Maternal and Infant Clinic and features both clinical prenatal care and community education.  This grant will serve 258 women in year two.  Program demonstrated great success in year one and warrants continued funding in year two.  They have utilized the expertise of an ARNP with a strong background in gestational diabetes management and have begun the process to improve the Tu Puedes Hacerlo program delivery.  Grantee will continue the Comenzando bien program and plans to expand the TPH program in year two.  The total number to be served however does not increase.  The improvement on the TPH program has significant implications for the Chapter as other grantees implement the GDM program in the future.


    Saline County Health Department (Salina) 

    This grant project expands the very successful pilot Comenzando bien and Becoming a Mom programs in Saline County to include two additional provider sites.  The programs will provide prenatal education and support to 300 (up from 100 for pilot project) Hispanic, African American and low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.   The Saline County Health Department has forged a partnership with the primary obstetrics practice for that region to provide both clinical prenatal care and community education in one location.  They have built in transportation vouchers and on-site child care for participants in order to promote continuous participation throughout the pregnancy.  A regional collaborative of community stakeholders has been forged for long-term program sustainability. 


    Saint Luke’s Hospital (Kansas City)

    This is the Chapter’s first proposal to launch a Late Preterm Birth Quality Improvement Initiative utilizing the MOD <39 Weeks Toolkit.  Saint Luke’s is the only large health care system in the bi-state Kansas City community that does not already have a QI initiative in place and would be the first to utilize the MOD Toolkit which is a documented requirement in the Chapter’s 2011 program plan.  This LPTB QI initiative seeks to decrease the rate of late preterm births through reduction of elective c-sections and inductions and reduce the risks associated with early delivery.  This will require a change in culture for the labor and delivery team and will be accomplished through education, data collection and reporting, and incentive measures – all to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes.


    SIDS Network of Kansas (Statewide)

    Funding will provide safe sleep education for the African American community through a partnership with the Black Nurse Association and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.  Program will utilize SIDS Network’s highly successful safe sleep education program developed in partnership with the MOD over the last two years.  The black infant mortality rate in Kansas is three times that of white infants and addressing birth disparities is on of the primary targets for MOD funding.  Program incorporates train-the-trainer module, sleep sacks and approved cribs and SIDS Network’s safe sleep DVD’s.  The outcome measurement system is in place and includes educator and client pre and post testing for knowledge gain and intended behavior change.


    Stormont Vail HealthCare (Topeka, KS)

    Funding to establish new “Becoming a Family” program focused on prenatal care and parenting education. This program will add community education (utilizing the MOD Becoming a Mom bien curriculum) to the existing Stork’s Cradle program.  The number to be served in the first year is 150 with referrals coming from local physicians and five different community organizations including the Shawnee County Health Agency.  This incentive-based program is based on group prenatal care and education and focuses on health care assessment, education and support.  Outcome measurement system and skilled evaluator are in place.  Need to clarify knowledge and behavior change components that will be tracked and verify that BaM curriculum pre/post assessments will be utilized.  Birth outcomes are to be measured as well.  Per CDMI Plan, the amount for start-up funding for disparities programs is $15,000 in year one.

    Black Health Care Coalition (Kansas City)

    Have a Healthy Baby program will utilize the Becoming a Mom curriculum to provide 100 expectant mothers with prenatal education in partnership with Truman Medical Center and/or the Wyandotte County Health Department.  Program will assist African American women with stress reduction, social support and patient navigation services.  Pregnant women will participate in two baby showers and six BaM classes.  This is an incentive-based community education program to be delivered in conjunction with their regular prenatal care visits.  Outcome measurement system includes pre/post tests for each class to determine knowledge change.


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