MAHEC and Preconception Health

March 15, 2018

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC has partnered with a national maternal child health collaborative to test a new model that it helped to develop for assessing mothers’ health during well-child visits.

The goal of this screening tool is to reduce low birth weight and preterm births, which account for more than 70 percent of infant mortality, where the US ranks among the worst of all industrialized nations.

Preliminary findings from implementation of this new preconception health screening tool, which is being funded with support from federal grants, the March of Dimes and the Duke Foundation, are published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

At MAHEC, providers are already seeing positive impacts in four key areas known to impact infant mortality, with 70% percent of screened patients taking multivitamins with folic acid, compared to a national average of only 34 percent.

Read the full press release here.

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