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FYC Action Teams

Priority Area: Addressing Extreme Prematurity

(Learn more about what we're doing in this priority area)

GOAL: Reduce Cuyahoga County's preterm birth rate from the 2015 baseline of 14.9 percent to less than 10 percent by the end of 2020.

Action Team 4: Establish Learning Circles to identify and resolve issues contributing to infant deaths.

GOAL: Collect data and launch Learning Circles with local birth hospitals and researchers/experts to identify and resolve issues contributing to infant deaths. 

Progress to date: Four health systems and cross-discipline experts are working together and have established baseline data to guide their ongoing work to identify and establish best practices surrounding early pregnancy interventions.

Chair: 
Rita Horwitz, Better Health Partnership


Action Team 5: Educate expectant parents and improve access to treatments to help prevent premature birth and ensure healthy pregnancies.

GOAL: Work with ODM ODH, the Academy of Medicine Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and local Ohio Equity Institute to improve access to eligible 17P pregnant moms by educating home visitors on 17P; and link, align and coordinate home visiting and faith-based programs with CenteringPregnancy, prenatal care clinics and birth hospitals.

Progress to date: Work continues to educate expectant parents and improve access to treatments to help prevent premature birth and decrease racial disparities.

Co-Chairs:
Lisa Matthews, Cuyahoga-Cleveland Ohio Equity Institute
Angela Newman White, Cuyahoga-Cleveland Ohio Equity Institute


Action Team 6: Increase public awareness of LARC and birth spacing guidelines.

GOAL: Work with providers to increase public awareness of birth spacing guidelines and access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC). 

Progress to date: Action Team 6 is working with local community programs to empower and educate women on important topics like spacing pregnancies and decreasing unplanned pregnancies.

Chair: 
Melissa Federman, Center for Community Solutions and March of Dimes


Action Team 7: CenteringPregnancy Model.

GOAL: Increase the number of expectant moms being served through a CenteringPregnancy model. 

Progress to date: The 2018 enrollment goal for the CenteringPregnancy program has been exceeded, serving more than 1,000 expectant parents at three federally-qualified health centers and three health care systems. 

Co-Chairs:
Celina Cunanan, Cuyahoga County CenteringPregnancy Coalition
Alison Tomazic, Cuyahoga County CenteringPregnancy Coalition


Action Team 8: Address social determinants of health.

GOAL: Address social determinants impacting expectant parents by serving over 4,000 prenant mothers annually in results-driven interventions that address housing insecurity, employment, education, nutritional needs, and early access to prenatal care and post care. 

Progress to date: FYC Action Team 8 has expanded home visitation and doula services to our expectant parents by more than 20 percent.

Co-Chairs: 
Invest in Children, Bright Beginnings, ODH and ODM

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