Program Overview

The Kansas Perinatal Community Collaborative model brings together education and clinical care to assure comprehensive and coordinated prenatal and postpartum services and supports. The incentive-based prenatal education program utilizes the March of Dimes Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien® curriculum at the center of a collaborative multi-sector network.

Historical Perspective: In 2010, following the release of the Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality recommendations, the March of Dimes Greater Kansas Chapter began development of community collaboratives designed to implement the Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien® curriculum, bringing prenatal education and clinical prenatal care together to create a comprehensive program model. The program was targeted at communities with demonstrated birth outcome and infant mortality disparities, both racial/ethnic and socioeconomic. The model was driven by private and public partnerships at both state and local levels, including: Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) (public health), Medicaid, private foundations, local health departments, federally qualified health centers, clinical providers, local hospitals, and community and faith-based organizations. The model has brought permanent MCH infrastructure, leveraged and shared resources, change in the prenatal care delivery system, a vehicle to identify community needs, a standardized evaluation system, and new opportunities for achieving community collective impact and improved birth outcomes.