260160 DRUMming up Data: A Maternal and Child Health CBPR Project in Baltimore City

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Ndidi Amutah, PhD, MPH, CHES , School of Community Health and Policy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Background: Baltimore City has extremely high rates of infant mortality. Additionally, women in Baltimore City experience high rates of low birth weight, premature births, and poor birth spacing. Focus groups were conducted with women from community-based organizations to determine the barriers for entry into prenatal care and knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to family planning. Methods: In-depth interviews and participatory observation were conducted at a service provider's office to determine the unique needs of pregnant or parenting women of color in Baltimore City. Through the use of observations, in-depth interviews and qualitative research, I delved more into the issues in this population and learned from community-based staff and women the situations that arise in regards to primary care, housing, transportation, and childcare, among others. The data was analyzed using ATLAS.ti.5.2, and was coded according to major themes that emerged from the focus group discussions and individual interviews. Results: Barriers to use of health services for women include lack of insurance, lack of social support from partners, lack of knowledge of available services, and competing issues such as employment, other children, and lack of transportation. Conclusions Research findings suggest that there are potentially negative consequences of being in social relationships that lack social support inhibit women from properly spacing their births and adhering to proper prenatal care.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to identify CBPR principles and methods. Participants will be able to explain the foundations of CBPR and how they are applied in a community setting.

Keywords: Maternal and Child Health, Community Health Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am presenting the research I conducted during my post-doctoral fellowship.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.