Paid Sponsorship by Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Physicians who are passionate about helping prevent premature births need resources now as much as ever.
- 14,000 premature births
- 4,000 babies born with a birth defect
- 1,000 babies who die before their first birthday
- 150,000 women living in maternity care desserts.
This data, shared by PeriStats from the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, has been updated with the most recent Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System dataset.
To support those working with families to prevent prematurity and infant mortality, the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) has partnered with stakeholders to develop the Healthy Mom, Healthy Family program. By addressing risk factors during the time of interconception care – between pregnancies – physicians can help prepare families for future births.
The Healthy Mom, Healthy Family program will launch its second wave in January 2022 and is a quality improvement program that allows practices to measure and improve how they discuss some aspects of maternal health – like smoking cessation and mental health – during visits for infants. Data shows that addressing these areas can help the health of the whole family, including fathers and older children, and prevent future health problems.
- Cash stipends that can be used to support staff time for the project
- MOC credit from the American Board of Family Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics for qualifying providers
- Family incentives worth more than $1,500 – including multivitamins and books
- 1-on-1 coaching to prepare to implement the work beginning in January 2022
- Virtual and flexible meeting times to work around clinic hours and commitments.
Requirements to join include having at least 30 well visits per month with children birth to 18 months of age for participants in the practice, and acceptance of Ohio Medicaid. If your practice meets these requirements, please consider if this project is a possible fit. First wave practices have seen positive benefits engaging with families to discuss needs that go beyond pediatric health to leading to family wellness.