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Resources and support for improving maternal and child healthcare

 

Infant mortality rates among African American babies in Hamilton County are three times greater than non-African American babies. Racial disparities in infant mortality can sometimes result from delayed prenatal care or having a preterm birth (before 32 weeks).

 

Black maternal health should be considered a priority for communities and healthcare providers. Empowering Black moms can reduce infant mortality rates among African Americans and protect Black life.

 

The Maternal & Child Health Care Coordination Program provided by Health Care Access Now (HCAN) assists mothers living below federal poverty guidelines in having a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and ongoing medical care. Each mom is partnered with a community health worker trained to assist women with pregnancy resources and parenting support.

 

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Maternal & Child Health Care Coordination Program Services

 

  • Connections to community-based prenatal care
  • Holistic approach and support for pregnant women
  • Assist in identifying goals for housing, food, and financial support for pregnant mothers and mothers with children from birth to age 18
  • Guidance in making healthy choices, including smoking cessation
  • Parenting and pregnancy support for fathers, partners, and caregivers
  • Educational support for breastfeeding and safe sleep
  • Self-care strategies to assist management of stress and healthy relationships, and work and family balance
  • Behavioral support and resources for postpartum depression
  • Assistance with medical, dental, and behavioral health care appointments

 

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Program Eligibility

 

  • Expectant mother or mother/guardian with children birth to age 18
  • A resident of Hamilton County
  • Current medical insurance with Buckeye, United, Molina, and CareSource

 

Community Health Workers

 

Community health workers are trained to assist clients with eliminating barriers to focus on their overall health care. Workers must complete more than 100 in-class hours addressing core competencies such as general health, social services, advocacy, CPR, lifespan development, communication, and more. After completion of the program, graduates are certified by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

 

Apply for the Maternal & Child Health Care Coordination Program

Become a community health worker.

 

 

About Health Care Access Now (HCAN)

 

Health Care Access Now (HCAN) employs community health workers to assist mothers and their families navigate the health and pregnancy-related services network. Program-eligible expectant mothers and parents of children birth to age 18 in Hamilton County are set on a path to a healthy lifestyle. Community health workers empower, advocate, educate, and support mothers, fathers, and families.

 

 

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Contact HCAN 

 

Health Care Access Now
2602 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45206 (Walnut Hills)
513-707-5697
[email protected]
Sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

 

 

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Written by: Crystal Kendrick

 

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Written by Crystal Kendrick

Crystal Kendrick is the publisher of The Voice of Black Cincinnati. With a vision to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region, Crystal oversees all content creation and publication, ensuring each piece aligns with the outlet's mission to inform, engage, and inspire. A lifelong advocate for community engagement and empowerment, Crystal's leadership steers The Voice of Black Cincinnati toward being a pivotal platform to find community resources, local Black-owned businesses, culturally relevant events, jobs with equal opportunity employers and scholarship for higher education. Connect with Crystal on LinkedIn to explore her experiences and contributions to Cincinnati's media landscape.

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