The Institute for Family Health was awarded a one year grant from March of Dimes® to improve health outcomes among mothers of young children who visit the Institute’s Urban Horizons and Stevenson Family Health Centers in Bronx.
The grant-funded program will provide evidence-based health care and patient education services to about 250 women residing in the southwest and the central Bronx.
The program, called “IMPLICIT,” builds upon the success of the Institute’s March of Dimes-funded program from last year, which was implemented at one family health center in Bronx. This year, the Institute will screen mothers of children aged two or younger for common health concerns at two additional sites in Bronx. The women will also receive individual education about birth spacing to help prevent preterm birth in future pregnancies. The project aims to engage more mothers in needed health care and social services, and ultimately, improve birth outcomes in their subsequent pregnancies. IMPLICIT stands for “interventions to minimize preterm and low birth weight infants through continuous improvement techniques.”
“We are delighted to have these additional resources available for Bronx mothers,” said Dr. David Weiss, one of the Institute family physicians who will lead the program. “The IMPLICIT program has been shown to help women get the care and support they need while they care for their young children. Our care teams at Urban Horizons and Stevenson Family Health Centers are excited to provide this additional level of support to these moms.”
The IMPLICIT program will be seamlessly integrated into the array of services offered at the Institute’s health centers. Like all Institute centers, Urban Horizons and Stevenson offer comprehensive and prevention-focused primary health services for people of all ages. Services are available to everyone, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, allowing everyone in the community to access the care they need.