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LOVE THY NEIGHBOR City MatCH: Denver, CO March of Dimes Panel Marie James, Director Jeremiah Wellness Center Macedonia Baptist Church Byron L. Craig, Pastor/Teacher.

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1 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR City MatCH: Denver, CO March of Dimes Panel Marie James, Director Jeremiah Wellness Center Macedonia Baptist Church Byron L. Craig, Pastor/Teacher Norristown, PA A pilot project for the March of Dimes- CDC cooperative agreement "Reducing Disparities in Premature Birth" August 26, 2007

2 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR The Norristown Community faces serious challenges: Access to care Disparities in health outcomes for most vulnerable population Implemented to address some of these issues Designed to reduce disparities by use of: Trusted relationships Networking with health agencies Increasing knowledge Supporting women (spiritually, emotionally and practically) through pregnancy

3 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Norristown: County seat of Montgomery County, PA Population: 31,282 (2000 Census Bureau) Montgomery County: 3 rd largest county by population in the state of PA 44 th wealthiest county in the US (based upon per capita income, 2000 Census data) (Norristown Alliance For Healthy Babies, Community Action Plan 6/07)

4 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Demographics from 2000 Census Data Montgomery CountyNorristown Families below poverty2.8%13.5% Per Capita Income$30,898$17,977 Percentage African-American7.5%34.8% Percentage Renter Occupied Homes26.5%51.9% (Norristown Alliance For Healthy Babies, Community Action Plan 6/07)

5 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR (Norristown Alliance For Healthy Babies, Community Action Plan 6/07)

6 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR (Norristown Alliance For Healthy Babies, Community Action Plan 6/07)

7 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Project Objectives: #1: Mentoring Mommies Program #2: Health Education Classes #3 Youth Advisory Board

8 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR MENTORING MOMMIES Goals Provide Spanish language education to improve participation in early and consistent prenatal care Connect pregnant women to local resources, serve as interpreters and advocate when necessary Provide monthly mentoring calls to pregnant women to ensure compliance with care and provide emotional support

9 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Access to Services: 3 Ts Transportation assistance Translation Trust/Time

10 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Adopting Healthy Behaviors: 3 Ms Mentor calls Modeling Ministry

11 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Barriers to the 3 Ts & Ms are: Language Money Domestic violence Lack of trust Fear of government Cultural norms New cultural rules

12 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Results of the 3 Ts and 3 Ms approach: Social support networks developed Peer support/behavior modified Nutrition improved Appointment compliance Reading and seeking health information increased Spouse involvement increased Childbirth education classes participation Health education classes participation: Dental care, hypertension and diabetes

13 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR For additional information please contact: Marie Y. James, Director Jeremiah Wellness Center Macedonia Baptist Church 2633 Hillcrest Avenue Norristown, PA 19401 610-239-0192 or myj67@msn.com

14 LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Thank you for the opportunity to share this information with you.


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