Maternal and Child Health Work Group

What is Maternal and Child Health?

Maternal health is the health of a woman during her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. It is also an important predictor of newborn health. Many factors affect maternal health including individual health behaviors such as nutrition, tobacco use, alcohol use, access to appropriate care and socioeconomic factors. Preconception health focuses on actions women can take before and between pregnancies to increase their chances of having a healthy baby. This includes thinking about their goals for having or not having children and how to achieve those goals, addressing health issues with their health care provider before getting pregnant, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. The well-being of mothers, infants, and children determines the health of the next generation and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities and the healthcare system.


Maternal and Child Health


Greater Nashua Maternal and Child Health Work Group

Nashua DPHCS Facilitators

  • Nicole Viau, Health Promotion & Communication Specialist, Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services
  • Jessica Hillman, Public Health Associate, Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services

Meeting Schedule

The 2018-2021 Greater Nashua CHIP Maternal and Child Health Work Group meets monthly. These meetings are held in combination with the Greater Nashua Smart Start Coalition meetings on the third Wednesday of every month from 9-10:30AM at the United Way of Greater Nashua (20 Broad St # 1, Nashua - Lower Level). Please feel free to join us to learn about and participate in the work that Greater Nashua is doing around maternal and child health!

What’s Going On in the Region?

To stay up to date about initiatives and events happening in the Greater Nashua Region for families of children ages birth to five years old, join the Greater Nashua Smart Start Coalition Facebook page


Goals, Objectives, & Strategies

Goal

Increase education and awareness of resources for maternal and child physical and behavioral health in the GNPHR.

Objectives

1. Assess resources and barriers in regards to maternal and child health related to health education during pregnancy, parent education on child health, and breastfeeding by June 2019. 

2. Utilize the resource and barriers assessment results to inform and prioritize the content of the following educational opportunities:

  • 2.1. Conduct ≥ five educational opportunities per year for maternal and child healthcare providers related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), Prenatal Smoking, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), motivational interviewing, stigma, and available resources.
  • 2.2. Conduct ≥ five educational opportunities per year for community partners organized by Greater Nashua PHAC member organizations related to FASDs, NAS, Prenatal Smoking, Screening, SBIRT, motivational interviewing, stigma, and available resources.
  • 2.3. Conduct ≥ five educational opportunities per year for community members organized by Greater Nashua PHAC member organizations related to FASDs, NAS, Prenatal Smoking, breastfeeding, stigma, and available resources.

Suggested Strategies

  • Conduct Community Resource Assessment. 
  • Distribute FASDs, NAS, and Prenatal Smoking prevention toolkits to providers.
  • Promote training on/use of motivational interviewing, SBIRT, stigma, resource availability at the provider level, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and conduct provider lunch-and-learns.


Event Tracking

We would like to congratulate and thank your organization for hosting an educational opportunity around maternal and child health (event, training, conference, etc.) in the Greater Nashua Region! Upon completion of your event, we request that you complete the Maternal and Child Health Event Tracking Form to assist us in tracking and evaluating health improvement activities within the region. 

If your event already required you to complete a tracking form, please feel free to skip this survey and send them directly to 2018.2021CHIP@gmail.com. If you have any questions about completing this survey, or in regards to the 2018-2021 Greater Nashua CHIP, please contact Nicole Viau at viaun@nashuanh.gov or 603.589.4508.


Work Plan

We are currently in the process of creating our work plan... check back soon!