Through MCH grants, local agencies increase access and participation in prenatal care services, increase first trimester enrollments in prenatal care services and facilitate access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal healthcare and follow-up services for the mother and infant up to one year post delivery.
Interventions provided through the MCH program emphasize the reduction of risks associated with poor pregnancy outcomes (such as premature labor/delivery, low birth weight and infant death) and improvement in quality of life for the mother, infant and family. Reduction of risk interventions include:
Under the MCH grant, our agency utilizes services provided by the Healthy Start Home Visitor (HSHV) and MCH Health Educator. The HSHV services are intended to increase knowledge, change beliefs and alter behaviors by increasing the number of women accessing early and comprehensive health care before, during and after pregnancy. The goal of the Healthy Start Home Visitor is to help parents give their babies the healthiest start in life by utilizing and advising best practices. The visits may take place in the clinic, hospitals and client homes.
Josephine (JoJo) Olivarez is a Safe Sleep Instructor, certified Car Seat Technician, and currently serves as the Health Department’s Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Home Visitor as well as the position of MCH Health Educator. She has been with the City-Cowley County Health Department for 9 years. Her compassion for children and mothers makes her a great fit for these roles. She is also a member of the Breastfeeding Advocates of Cowley County (BACC), the Child Passenger Safety Committee, the Early Literacy Coalition, and the Ell Community Health Focus Group. JoJo routinely receives certification and educational updates to ensure that she has the very best information to share with her clients. She is known for making her visits with moms and babies fun and educational!
The MCH Health Educator provides education and support to the community of Cowley County as it relates to health related risk factors to prevent chronic diseases and injuries. The primary responsibility of the MCH Health Educator is to provide resources to the community coalition to carryout activities related to physical safety, physical activity, and nutrition, as well as other health related risk factors that may be identified through community needs assessment.
For more information on the MCH Program, please contact JoJo at the City-Cowley County Health Department at 620-221-1430.