3072.0 Maternal and Child Health Issues

Monday, November 5, 2007: 8:30 AM
Factors contributing to pre- and post-natal care involve health insurance coverage, spirituality, cultural beliefs, criminal justice issues, and the availability of mental healthcare. Spirituality and social norms within the African American community are discussed in relation to their implications and influences on prenatal care and breastfeeding. Medicaid status and geographic location of infants are examined as they can be predictors for the number of infant claims and perinatal services sought, as well as maternal and infant health disparities. The shift from a health and wellness focus to a criminal justice perspective is discussed, highlighting the risks of shifting maternal and infant protection to criminal cases and away from a public health focus. The session will integrate several common health disparities related to maternal and child health, while also highlighting new challenges and problem areas.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify factors contributing to women’s health and health seeking behavior during pregnancy. 2. Recognize the limitations and impact of policy and criminal justice involvement on maternal and child health. 3. Identify cultural and social barriers that contribute to health disparities, including prenatal care, breastfeeding and mental health services.

8:30 AM
Relationship among spirituality and prenatal health factors in a Healthy Start population
Winifred W. Thompson, PhD, MSW, Kathryn Luchok, PhD, Kristine Calderon, PhD and Saundra Glover, MBA, PhD
9:15 AM
Postpartum depression and health services expenditures among employed women
Patricia M. McGovern, PhD, MPH, Rada Dagher, PhD, MPH, Bryan Dowd, PhD, Donna McAlpine, PhD, Laurie Ukestad, MS and David McCaffrey, BA
9:30 AM
Medicaid infant claims, costs and regional characteristics for women receiving maternity care coordination in North Carolina
Dara Mendez, MPH, PhD, Stephanie Z. Moultrie, MPH, Vijaya K. Hogan, MPH, DrPH and J. Timothy Whitmire, PhD

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Organized by: Women's Caucus
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Maternal and Child Health, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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