Online Program

Kansas Initiative to Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Erin Bonzon, MSW, MSPH, Women's and Infant Health, AMCHP, Washington, DC
Jennifer Farfalla, MPH, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Washington, DC
Following the release of Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) compendium, Forging a Comprehensive Initiative to Improve Birth Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the March of Dimes Greater Kansas Chapter (MOD), and AMCHP partnered to pilot a resource for planning a comprehensive birth outcomes initiative. This initiative, aimed at improving the health of Kansas mothers and infants, was piloted in the Southeast public health regio, which experiences the worst rate of preterm birth and smoking during pregnancy. This effort focused on forging partnerships to address issues families face in the context of their communities. The areas of focus for this project include access to quality care and services, social determinants of health, enhanced education and training, sustainability and accountability, and vulnerable populations. As partners, KDHE, MOD, and AMCHP used a collective impact framework to engage Southeast region stakeholders to work on activities such as assessing the current maternal and infant health services and programs in the region; determining the current gaps and identify recommendations to address those areas; and strategies to bring multiple approaches together in order to form a comprehensive plan.

This session will highlight tools that were created for the Kansas initiative and piloted in the Southeast region including an MCH program inventory, an in-person stakeholder meeting agenda, a pre- and post-assessment of collaboration administered immediately prior to and following the meeting, interactive group exercises to engage stakeholders in capacity assessment findings, and a meeting evaluation.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Discuss methods to identify partners and stakeholders, develop partnerships, build consensus, and implement and evaluate plans to reduce or eliminate disparities in infant mortality. Compare innovative ways to improve health care service capacity, remove barriers to care, identify gaps in service, align scarce resources, use information technologies to enhance patient interactions, share data, and track progress.

Keyword(s): Maternal and Child Health, Birth Outcomes

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Analyst for Quality Improvement and Life Course at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. I perform planning and program implementation, data and assessment activities, and research and evaluation projects related to maternal and child health. I hold a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from George Washington University.
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.