Stories from the Field
Despite advances in medical research and care, there are significant disparities in maternal health and infant birth and health outcomes.1 Access to prenatal care and education can dramatically improve birth and health outcomes for moms and their babies,2 but women who are uninsured (or underinsured) often miss out on these critical services.
Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program
Exposure to secondhand smoke causes significant health problems in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), secondhand smoke harms both children and adults—and the only way to completely protect people who don’t smoke is to eliminate smoking in all homes, work environments, and public places.1
Here are some troubling facts: babies born in the United States are about 3 times more likely to die in their first year than babies born in Finland or Japan—and the United States ranks last among 26 developed countries for infant mortality.1 In 2014, more than 23,000 U.S. babies died before their first birthday.2
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the International Association for Indigenous Aging implemented the 1,000 Grandmothers Project to engage Native elders in reducing the rate of Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths.
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health implemented the Nurse-Family Partnership, a home visitation program for low income, first-time pregnant mothers and their babies to improve maternal and child health.
Pregnancy Medical Home Project
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how Community Care of North Carolina is improving birth outcomes by providing comprehensive maternity care.
Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative worked to reduce preterm births & improve perinatal and preterm newborn outcomes throughout Ohio.
Starting Well/Comenzando Bien
In this story from the field, we take a look at a Utah organization providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to help Latina women improve their health.
Autism Spectrum Quotient Screening Access
In this story from the field, we take a look at how the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation engaged the Somali immigrant community to provide increased access to early childhood developmental screenings.
Community Baby Showers for Safe Sleep
In this story from the field, we take a look at a Kansas organization working to reduce infant mortality and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Support Breastfeeding and Child Care Centers
In this story from the field, we take a look at a Louisiana organization that worked with childcare centers to increase the rates of breastfeeding in New Orleans.
Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait™
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the Kentucky Department for Public Health implemented Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait™ to reduce preterm birth rates in Kentucky.