Prenatal & Infant Care Network

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Healthier Moms & Babies co-facilitate a quarterly luncheon meeting for anyone in the community interested in providing quality prenatal and infant care services in northeast Indiana. The quarterly meetings focus on strengthening skills and knowledge of prenatal care providers by:

  • providing introductions to others engaged in this work in the community for easier referral and coordination of resources;
  • offering professional education on new trends, research and best practices in prenatal and infant health;
  • sharing updates on local programming and opportunities regarding prenatal & infant services.

Prenatal & Infant Care Network Webinar

Kelly Cunningham presents findings of the Indiana Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) 2018 Report on Pregnancy-Associated Deaths

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The next Prenatal & Infant Care Network (PIC) webinar, February 18, at 11:30 AM, will focus on causes, opportunities, and solutions to improve Indiana women’s health. Kelly Cunningham, Maternal Mortality Review Coordinator for the Indiana State Department of Health, will describe the process and findings of the 2018 report and offer concrete recommendations about preventing future adverse outcomes. The MMRC includes representation from a broad range of physicians and nurses from multiple specialties (Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Public Health) along with social workers, coroners, health advocates, and other allied health professionals.

These volunteers extensively review pregnancy-associated deaths to identify opportunities for prevention. The goal of the review is to identify systems-level changes to improve Indiana women’s health. Joining Ms. Cunningham are two local MMRC members,
Kathleen Detweiler (Women’s & Children’s Perinatal & Navigation Manager, Parkview Health) and Kevin Hunter (Captain, Fort Wayne Police Department).
The free webinar will also feature Nicole Fairchild, Executive Director, McMillen Health, announcing an Opioid Use Disorder App development for women. The app is for pregnant women, new mothers, community health workers, home visitors, and other groups working with at-risk parents.

Click the button below to learn more and to register.

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Sponsored Training Opportunities

“Race & Cultural Learning for Care Providers”

Aaron Lane, MSOL, MSW & Janell Lane, MA, LMHC
Co-Founders of Courageous Living

 In-Person Training was 10AM – 12N on September 2, 2020
at the Allen County Public Library
(Masks were required and social distancing was observed.)
Virtual Training was 10AM – 12N on September 15, 2020
via Private Zoom Room

This session for Care Providers was specially designed to develop awareness of cultural barriers and implicit bias activity that often get in the way of best serving clients, especially pregnant women of color and their babies. Facilitators covered the hard to discuss topics including systemic and individual racism, toxic stress impacts on new mothers, ACES on babies and other related issues in the cultural continuum. Participants were provided opportunities to discover blind spots, transparently assess fears, process challenges, and explore realistic scenarios with practical tips for individuals as well as collectives.

These workshops were sponsored by the St. Joe Community Health Foundation.

“Breaking Through Bias in Maternity Care”

March of Dimes Self-Paced, Online Training

“Breaking Through Bias in Maternity Care,” is a 1.5 hour, online implicit bias training course with six modules that provides Care Providers with essential insights to recognize and remedy implicit bias in maternity care settings. This unique learning experience through a self-paced, e-learning platform provides authentic and compelling content for health care providers caring for women before, during, and after pregnancy. The training includes 4 key components:

    1. Overview of implicit bias and personal assessment.
    2. Historical overview of structural racism in the U.S.
    3. Strategies to mitigate racial bias in maternity care.
    4. Building a culture of equity within an organization.

This training can help professionals recognize and change behaviors that will improve patient-provider communication, quality of care and begin a culture shift towards the broader goal of achieving equity for moms and babies.

This training opportunity was sponsored by the St. Joe Community Health Foundation.

Participants were invited to participate in a follow up facilitated group that met after the training events to assist individuals in identifying key strengths and weaknesses with the organization and strategies to these areas.

Organizations or individuals may contact March of Dimes directly to purchase their own training: https://www.marchofdimes.org/professionals/implicit-bias-training-form.aspx

Additional Prenatal & Infant Care Resources

The Sleep Safely Campaign provides at-risk families both a safe place for babies to sleep, and education on how to put baby safely to sleep.

Order directories of quality, local, free and low-cost prenatal and infant health resources:

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PIC Network Steering Committee:

For more information on the PIC Network contact Laura Dwire, Program Manager.

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