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Maternal Infant Health Initiatives

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Infant mortality is a measure of population health and how a community, state, or nation is faring in caring for the most vulnerable in society. Infant health is inseparable from maternal health and maternal health is inseparable from a woman’s health and well-being before, during, and after pregnancy. St. Joseph County Department of Health (SJCDoH) Maternal Infant Health Initiatives are focused on community action built around three key areas that will lead to a reduction in infant mortality and the elimination of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in infant and maternal health.

These areas include:

  • Systems, Policy, and Legislation: to address the structural and social determinants of health.
  • Healthcare Institutions and Maternal Child Health professionals: to improve quality, address implicit bias, and facilitate collaboration with community based care through relationship building and consultation with providers and hospital systems.
  • Women, Infants, Fathers, Families, and Community: to facilitate engagement into community needs, solutions, and participation in community led action.

The focus of our community action priorities are based on the recommendations and review of more than 220 stories of infant and fetal loss studied by the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Case Review Team since 2016.

Contact Us

Sally Dixon, RN, Maternal Infant Health Coordinator
Email
Cell Phone (Preferred): (574) 250-8680
Office Phone: (574) 245-6756

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