Improving Prenancy Outcomes (IPO)

Black Infant Mortality Reduction Program

Recognizing that infant mortality rates for blacks is approximately twice that for whites, Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers wanted to develop a program with intervention strategies that would assist us in reducing disparities by providing outreach, education and improved access to care for African Americans and other communities of color.  In 2006, we applied for and received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Improving Pregnancy Outcomes program to implement outreach efforts in Atlanti and Burlington Counties.  Funding from this resource has enabled us to:

  • Implement innovative grass-root strategies in the community that take health education into places where people live and work.
  • Work closely and coordinate our activities with existing agencies.
  • Host creative and innovative educational programs at our health centers that include new and expanded program information on pre-pregnancy care, spatial planning, birth control, post partum care and pediatric care, i.e. quarterly program of baby showers that offer education as well as gifts to every participant.
  • Develop and circulate a quarterly newsletter targeting issues of interest to expectant mothers and women of childbearing age.
  • Establish partnerships with middle and high schools to take health education programs into the schools.
  • Distribute important information on the issues and direct clients to the resources available within the community.

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers’ Improving Pregnancy Outcomes (IPO) program recently was selected by the US Office of Minority Health to present a poster display at the Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities. The poster highlights the agencies “I Know It!” comprehensive sex education program for youth and families. OMH spokespeople indicated there were more than 500 applications submitted for this competitive program. The conference and awards program took place in February at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

According to Linda Flake, SJFMC’s President and CEO, this represents the second time this program has received honors. Previously the “I Know It!” program was recognized as an innovative and effective health education program that aims to reduce disparities and can be widely replicated in our communities at the 26th Annual New Jersey Black Issues Leadership Convention in Parsippany, New Jersey.

SJFMC’s BIMR program is funded by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Program and has been in operation for over two years. Focus is directed toward improving birth outcomes and pregnancy spacing in two counties in Southern New Jersey.

FacebookFor more information about the Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Program (IPO), please call (609) 567-0200.