Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative
This program grant was awarded to Buffalo Prenatal in October of 2013. The goal of the program is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for high-need women and to reduce racial, ethnic and economic disparities in those outcomes. The MICHC Initiative integrates and replaces Buffalo Prenatal’s, Network and Community Health Workers programs. However, components of the two programs are used in the new Initiative to help with the development of a community-wide systems based approach to improve maternal and infant health outcomes.
The program will:
Utilized trained Community Health Workers to identify, recruit and assess the needs of targeted women before, during and after their pregnancy. They will provide them with referrals for services needed; education regarding the benefits of family planning, early prenatal care, etc.; assistance with obtaining health insurance; medical care; and follow-up to assure that services were secured.
The program will collaborate and work with a variety of community health and human service providers (e.g. WIC program, Health Insurance Companies, Family Planning Programs, Erie County Health Department, etc) that service a similar target population, to help meet the consumers identified needs, and improve overall, the maternal infant health outcomes for those in high-need.