The Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC CMIH) received new funding to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes by advancing the status of women’s preconception health (health and wellness prior to pregnancy), particularly for low-income women and women of color in some of the country’s most underserved communities.
This funding is one of four cooperative agreements awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA MCHB) to a national coalition supported by UNC CMIH, the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHC). Funding will be administered through UNC School of Social Work.
Supported by and within HRSA MCHB’s Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) initiative, this Preconception CoIIN team will develop, implement, and disseminate a woman-centered, clinician-engaged, community-supported approach to the well-woman visit.
With this funding, UNC CMIH will work with four state teams (California, Delaware, North Carolina, and Oklahoma), with support from PCHHC, to develop adaptable models that effectively integrate preconception care into the well-woman visit — working with clinics to implement validated screening tools and response strategies; enhancing state-level capacity to support effective implementation; and disseminating the model nationally.
This award, which totals nearly $1.49 million in aggregate over three years, centers on Title V programs and multi-disciplinary teams in California, Delaware, North Carolina, and Oklahoma as partners in the work. Each state will receive financial resources specifically tailored to support their clinic-level data collection, enhancing preconception health resources and services in their state, outreach to spread successful models and other state specific strategies, such as an electronic pre-visit assessment tool in Oklahoma. The project will assist Title V programs in achieving the National Performance Measure on increasing well-woman visits and contribute to national goals related to infant mortality and perinatal outcomes.
State Partner Work
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ABOUT HRSA IM CoIIN PRECONCEPTION PROJECT: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF3MC31239-Providing Support For The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) To Reduce Infant Mortality. The grant amount totals $1,494,993. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.