In the fall of 2008, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch received a two-year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant provided support for the First Time Parenthood Initiative. The target audience for this initiative are women and men ages 15-29 who are planning on conceiving a child in the future or those who may become pregnant unexpectedly, including those of racial/ethnic minorities. The project focused on six counties in Eastern North Carolina where infant mortality rates are high and the racial/ethnic gap in birth outcomes is wide.
The grant had a number of activities and a variety of partners. The various activities are described below. If you would like more information about this initiative contact Alvina Long Valentin, project coordinator, at 919-707-5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about the First Time Parenthood Initiative and a preview of their products, click here.
Increasing awareness about the importance of having a reproductive life plan is a core message for the project’s social marketing campaign. The NC Healthy Start Foundation partnered with this project to develop media messages and public service announcements to reach Eastern North Carolina. These messages ran during the summer of 2009. Along with the messages, the media effort highlighted the North Carolina Family Health Resource Line (no longer operational). The Resource Line staff were trained to offer callers information on the North Carolina Family Planning Waiver, basic preconception health and wellness messages and provide resources for primary, pediatric and prenatal care. The project also used mombaby.org as a centralized source of health information for consumers and providers as part of this initiative.
Local Health Department Support
Health Departments in the six county region received assistance from the program to improve their ability to educate and support men and fathers. Funds were available to help the health departments create male/father friendly waiting rooms, install baby changing stations in men’s rooms, and promote preconception messages/services for men.
The UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research developed assessment tools and conducted surveys to determine the effectiveness of the various program components.
Faith Community Training
The Center for Health and Healing worked with the NC Healthy Start Foundation to develop a preconception curriculum for faith communities. This curriculum covers the topics of recommended exams and screenings, healthy living, stress, depression, domestic violence and reproductive life planning. A series of trainings to implement the curriculum were given during the grant period.
Community Outreach Worker Curriculum and Training
The NC Healthy Start Foundation’s Ready, Set, Plan! curriculum has been completed and was implemented in communities with local opinion leaders and outreach workers.
Educational Materials for Consumers
Several great educational booklets were developed through this project. To read them, please click on the titles below.
- Men’s Body Maintenance Manual
- My Personal Health Journal
- Am I Ready to Be A Mom?
- Am I Ready to Be A Dad?
- Are You Ready? Sex and Your Future
Health Care Provider Curriculum, Training and Tool Kit Links
- Reproductive Life Planning
- Folic Acid
- Health Literacy and Cultural Competency
- NC Family Planning Waiver
- Cultural Competency: Serving American Indian Patients
- Women’s Mood Disorders
- Contraceptive Methods for Women with Chronic Medical Conditions
- Healthy Weight, Healthy Women
Provider Tool Kit Links
- The 2009 North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card
- Current Practices Issues One – Interconception Health
- Current Practices Issue Two – Preconception Care for High-Risk Women
- Office on Women’s Health for Women
- Office on Women’s Health for Girls
- The National Preconception Curriculum and Resources Guide for Clinicians
- Your Patients and Web Research
Family Planning and Reproductive Life Planning
- NC Family Planning Waiver
- CDC Preconception Materials
- Your Health Before Pregnancy brochure (Item PS35849) purchase from Channing-Bete Company
- Becoming a Parent Check List and Becoming a Parent Booklet from the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care
- Becoming a Parent Health Care Provider Reference from the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care
- March of Dimes Resources: Thinking About Fertility Treatment, Thinking About Pregnancy After a Premature Birth, Are You Ready for a Baby?, Preconception Check List Wallet Card, 9 Months
- Birth Control Facts Brochure (Item 137) purchase from ETR Associates
- Birth Control Guide from Office of Population Affairs
- Be Smart Family Planning Waiver brochures and posters from the NC Healthy Start Foundation
- Good Health Before Pregnancy from the American College of OB/GYNs (Note: this replaces the “Planning Your Pregnancy” booklet)
Health Literacy and Cultural Competency
- North Carolina Program on Health Literacy
- How to Talk to Your Doctor or Nurse
- Effective Patient-Practitioner Communication
- Health Literacy Statistics at a Glance
- Check List for Providers
- Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion
- Ask Me 3 Patient Booklet
- Words to Watch in English and Spanish
- National Center for Cultural Competency
- Cultural Competency Primer
- Communication Tools and Tips for Your Patients
- Health Disparities Book
- Diversity Rx Website
- Unequal Treatment: What Health Care System Administrators Need to Know About Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
- Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities