March 3, 2016

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KDHE Releases Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index

Programs help to improve maternal health

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has released the 2014 Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index. The report shows that adequate or better prenatal care in Kansas increased by 1.3 percent, from 81.9 percent in 2013 to 83 percent.

The Kansas Becoming a Mom (BAM) program works to improve prenatal education and clinical prenatal care in Kansas. The BAM program is targeted to communities with demonstrated birth outcome and infant mortality disparities, both racial/ethnic and socioeconomic. The model is driven by private and public partnerships at both state and local levels.

The first program was launched and piloted in Salina (Saline County) in 2010. According to the most recent vital statistics from KDHE, the infant mortality rate (IMR) in Saline County has decreased from 9/1,000 live births (2005 to 2009) to 5.5/1,000 live births (2010 to 2014).

This innovative model was replicated in Junction City (Geary County) in 2012 with preliminary successes similar to that of the Saline pilot program. In 2014, the KDHE Bureau of Family Health committed to partner with the March of Dimes for further expansion of the model across the state, as well as securing long-term sustainability of the program by integrating the model into Maternal and Child Health Services at the local level.

The BAM model in Geary County, known as Delivering Change, provides at-risk women and their partners with improved access to prenatal education and care, mental and behavioral health services, an established medical home, reproductive life planning, assistance in securing health insurance, and more. The IMR in Geary County has declined from 11.9/1,000 live births (2005 to 2009) to 6.6/1,000 live births (2010 to 2014).

The 2014 Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index can be found here.