While the role of the Maternal Child Health Coordinator in our region has evolved since it was established in 1935, the underlying goal has remained constant: we work diligently to improve and support the health, safety, and wellbeing of mothers and children. We are able to achieve this through community assessment, sharing best practices, and facilitating systems change to improve the health outcomes of mothers, infants and children.
We strive to build collaborative relationships with key organizations in our community. We also partner with local health care providers, informing and updating them with key public health messaging on maternal and child health. Within this network, we coordinate and integrate available resources which best suit the needs of individuals within our population. To do this we:
- Connect with health care providers to promote statewide public health messages such as “049” (zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy), safe sleep practices, dental health resources, and smoking cessation support.
- Promote public health services such as WIC.
- Serve on teams dedicated to protecting the health and safety of children and families.
- Share best practices and resources within the community to support pregnant and postpartum women and their children.
- Regularly review and share data with community partners.
- Collaborate with local health care providers, hospitals and partner organizations such as Building Bright Futures, the Nurse-Family Partnership, and Children’s Integrated Services to create systems that improve access to care.
- Help women access health care for healthy pregnancies and refer women and their partners to substance abuse support services such as Health Care & Rehabilitation Services, the Brattleboro Retreat, and the Brattleboro Comprehensive Treatment Center.
Breastfeeding Friendly Employers
Our local health office also supports breastfeeding in the community by collaborating with workplaces to make them more accessible to breastfeeding moms. World Breastfeeding Week 2015 provided us an opportunity to recognize and thank local businesses for their support and encourage new businesses to become breastfeeding-friendly employers as well.