Health Care Task Force on Pre- and Inter-Conception Care
"Since 1996, progress to improve pregnancy outcomes including low birth weight, premature birth, and infant mortality has slowed, in part, because of inconsistent delivery and implementation of interventions before pregnancy to detect, treat, and help women modify behaviors, health conditions, and risk factors that contribute to adverse maternal and infant outcomes" (Attash et al., 2006).
Over the past three years, Aurora Women’s Health Services brought together a Task Force committed to working together with a strong academic partner to address the diverse needs of Milwaukee County women. The Task Force members conducted assessment activities, created a strategic plan to move a women's health care initiative forward, and submitted an implementation grant request to the Wisconsin Partnership Program.
Develop culturally appropriate strategies to improve women’s pre/inter-conception care in Milwaukee County. To date we have:
March 1, 2007 – September 30, 2008
Wisconsin Partnership Fund for a Healthy Future
Presentations and Publications to Date
Mason, T., Hamm, C., VanMullem, C. (2009). Improving Outcomes Through Pre- and Inter-Conception Health. Presented at the Healthy Babies Summitt and Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) State Conference in Waukesha, Wisconsin (October).
Bergstrom, J.P., Hamm, C., VanMullem, C., Lemke, M. (2008). Pre- and inter-conception healthcare needs and experiences of urban women. Presented at the American Public Health Association meeting in San Diego, California (October).
Task Force Steering Committee
Aurora Women’s Health Services
Claudette Hamm, R.N., MHSA*
Chris Van Mullem, RN*
Center for Urban Population Health
Jessica Bergstrom, MPH
Melissa Lemke, MS
Task Force Members
Aurora Family Service
Aurora Health Care
Marge Stearns, MPH
Columbia St. Mary's
Barbara L. Gesme, RN
Black Health Coalition
Rachel Morgan, RN, BSN
Milwaukee Health Department
Karen Michalski, M.A., MSW
Jill Paradowski, RN, MS
Attash HK, Johnson, K, Adams M, Cordero JF, Howse J, Time to Act on Missed Opportunities to Improve Perinatal Outcomes: preconception care, Maternal Child Health Journal, 2006.
*Indicates co-chairs of the healthcare task force