WIVN Awarded 2012 Communtiy Grant from the March of Dimes Ohio Chapter
Women & Infant Vitality Network has been awarded a $30,000 2012 Community Grant from the March of Dimes Ohio Chapter. These funds will support the Women & Infant Vitality Network CenteringPregnancy Expansion program. The March of Dimes recommends the CenteringPregnancy model as it has been shown to be an effective form of prenatal care that produces good outcomes and patient satisfaction. Win-Med – Winton Hills Medical Center, will receive training in early 2012 to offer Centering as their model of prenatal care. The Med-Peds Department of University Hospital will also receive training to improve interconception care for women and well baby care through the CenteringParenting model. We look forward to positive outcomes as a result of this investment by the March of Dimes in the expansion of Centering in Hamilton County. ering Program at Healthy Beginnings Helps Reduce Low Birth Weight Babies.


Centering Program at Healthy Beginnings Helps Reduce Low Birth Weight Babies
In addition to providing faith based one on one prenatal care to the un or under-insured, Healthy Beginnings is  participating in centering prenatal care services.  This service is partially sponsored by the March of Dimes.  Watch and read more….. 

   Putting Babies ‘Back to Sleep’ Helps Save Lives   

In recognition of Infant Mortality Awaress Month, WCPO explores the best ways to put your baby to sleep.  This ongoing outreach effort by the Cincinnati Health Department and the Women & Infant Vitality Network is aimed at decreasing the infant mortality rate in Hamilton County.   Read more….

Centering  Reunion Held at University Hospital

WIVN is proud to announce the Advanced Practice Nursing Division of the Center for Women’s Health @ University Hospital held a reunion for new parents on 7/13/11.  WIVN , through a March of Dimes grant,  funded training and site certification to initiate this model of care @ the Center for Women’s Health.  Hear what participants have to say  about the CenteringPregnancy® Model of care via WCPO News. 

UC Organizational Leadership Students Work to Lower Infant Mortality Rates in Cincinnati

Students in Organizational Leadership’s spring quarter research methods course partnered with the Women and Infant Vitality Network to study infant deaths in Hamilton County.  After collecting the data, the students analyzed their findings and presented  the results to Smith and the other partners on May 31, 2011.  Of their recommendations, the students proposed a one-stop service location for busy moms that would allow them to seek efficient health and social services.  This fall Smith will continue working with students in the Department of Psychology as they plan focus groups for the same study. Ultimately, she will take all student considerations to a community action team, consisted of nurses, social workers and volunteers, to implement in the community.  Read more…  

Preconception Peer Educator Training (PPE) 

On February 25-26, 2011, over 62 college students and instructors attended the PPE training.  The following universities and colleges participated.
• Cincinnati State Technical & Community College • University of Cincinnati• Xavier University • Northern Kentucky University•
 College of Mount St. Joseph • University of Kentucky
• University of Chicago

Participants engaged in playing the Life Course Game


“Changing the Forecast,” a Regional Infant Mortality Awareness & Reduction Summit

On April 20 – 21, 2010, the Women & Infant Vitality Network hosted “Changing the Forecast,” a Regional Infant Mortality Awareness & Reduction Summit.  The pre-Summit Session was kicked off on Tuesday, April 20th at the Sharonville Community Center.  The keynote speaker for the event was Tonya Lewis Lee.  She is a national spokesperson for the U.S. Office on Minority Health.  The second day session was held on Wednesday, April 21st at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.  This two-day Summit was part of a region wide public awareness, community engagement and education campaign, as recommended by the Governor’s 2008 Infant Mortality Task Force. 

Cynthia Smith with scholarship recipient at the Changing the Forecast Summit

Information tables at the summit


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