ICARE battles infant mortality with “Baby Friendly” hospitals

Jacksonville, FL – ICARE won commitments in 2009 from six area hospitals to seek the World Health Organization (WHO) “Baby Friendly” certification, a process that involves substantial training and personnel compliance among hospital staff to increase successful breast feeding for mothers before leaving the hospital. In spite of studies that show “Baby Friendly” certification lowers infant mortality (i.e., the number of children below the age of 1 per 1000 live births that die each year), few American hospitals are certified as “Baby Friendly.” Representatives from each of the six hospitals have met monthly with ICARE leaders to complete the ten step process toward WHO certification. All of the area hospitals have made progress toward the intensive certification process, and two hospitals have been certified “Baby Friendly.” This has played a major role in Duvall County’s infant mortality rate reaching a 20-year low. When all six area hospitals achieve this designation, Duval County will be the first and only county in the country to be “Baby Friendly.”

BUILD provides primary care to uninsured in Lexington

Lexington, KY – In 2009, BUILD discovered that at least 40,000 Lexington adults did not have health insurance. We also learned that of these adults, only a quarter of them had access to primary care. According to the local hospitals, the lack of routine primary care was costing the community millions of dollars each year. In 2007, at BUILD’s Action, the Fayette County Health Department committed to add staff and hours to see 700 additional patients per month. In April 2008, BUILD turned out 1,100 people to their Nehemiah Action where the Director of Primary Care at the Fayette County Health Department and representatives from local hospitals and nonprofit clinics committed to meeting primary care needs for an additional 6,000 uninsured adults. Due to the work of BUILD over a number of years, the Fayette County Health Department and others now annually provide primary care to 14,000 people that would otherwise not have healthcare. Each year, close to 8 million dollars worth of healthcare is provided to the uninsured in Lexington as a direct result of BUILD’s efforts.

CLOUT’s efforts result in enrollment of additional 60,000 children in KCHIP

Louisville, KY – In its “Catch a Falling Child” campaign, CLOUT addressed the fact that thousands of eligible children were falling through the cracks of the healthcare system due to various barriers to enrollment in the KCHIP (Kentucky Child Health Insurance Program). CLOUT won a commitment from thirteen different state and local health officials in 2008 to form a task force and develop a pilot project enrolling 6,000 more children in Medicaid and KCHIP within the following three years. This task force developed a set of recommendations on how to improve the state’s Medicaid and KCHIP programs. Gov. Steve Beshear eventually committed to remove barriers to enrollment, and to dedicate $31 million, to be matched by $81 million in federal funding, to enroll 35,000 children in KCHIP over the following two years. As the result of these changes, over time an additional 60,000 children were enrolled in KCHIP

PACT brings HealthConnect to 101 schools

Miami, FL – In collaboration with several other groups in Miami-Dade County, in 2008, PACT secured the implementation of the program HealthConnect in Our Schools for 101 schools. HealthConnect is a program which assigns a team of professionals, often nurses, social workers, and health aides, to bring many needed health services to schools. Schools with a HealthConnect team are capable of providing physical, behavioral, and mental health services. As of June 2010, there were health clinics in place in 165 local public schools.

PEACE secures increased enrollment in coordinated care

West Palm Beach, FL – At their 2008 Nehemiah Action, PEACE secured a commitment from Health Care District (HCD) CEO Dwight Chenette to significantly increase enrollment in low-cost health care plans through the HCD. He returned to the 2009 Action, reporting a 25% increase in enrollment, the highest increase in enrollment ever, compared to a 7% increase the year before. In 2009, enrollment in HCD programs Coordinated Care and Vita Health had reached nearly 17,000 residents.