The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
The Madison County Community Health Centers is attacking infant mortality in the county.
According to the recently released 2013 County Health Rankings report, Madison County’s low birth weight rate exceeds the Indiana and the National Benchmark by 2 percent. The report shows Madison County at 8.6 percent compared to the state’s 8.3 percent and the national at 6 percent. These rates are attributable to multiple factors including access to preventable prenatal health care, socio-economic reasons, poor quality of lifestyle and late entrance into prenatal care, amongst other factors.
The Health Center has revised its programming strategy to address this problem with a major thrust in the initiation of the National Centering Pregnancy Program. Having received a $20,500 funding grant from the Indiana Chapter of the March of Dimes, the Center is currently organizing the Centering Pregnancy program.
Accompanying this grant will be two additional components at no-cost to participants — the Healthy Babies and Healthy Business programs. This multidimensional worksite wellness program will complement the existing wellness activities already ongoing within the Center’s programming and promote healthy behaviors leading to healthier pregnancy outcomes, a representative said in a press release.
The Health Center’s obstetric services are headed by Dr. Joseph Copeland. The program will be open to newly pregnant, existing patients and those who are in postpartum status as well as mothers who have previously delivered and would like to remain in the program.
For more information, call Ariel Su or Teresa Rodebaugh at the Center at 641-0255, ext. 256.