A $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services helped fund what will now house a unique woman's health program at Jordan Valley Community Health Center.
"Our Healthy Start" is a partnership between the health center, St. Johns Hospital, WIC and the Doula Foundation. The intention is to get women more access to healthcare, since the involvement in the program is based on two factors: being pregnant and not having a healthcare provider.
"What we hope is, they come here to have their babies and then they have a medical home for their healthcare needs," said Carla Boone, CNM, RN, in an interview with KSPR 33, the local ABC affiliate.
In the past 5 years, more than 50 percent of Greene County births were to Medicaid mothers, according to the report on KSPR 33. So at least half of all those pregnant in the area may benefit from this program offering shorter waits and more options.