Adena Health System has been awarded grant funds from the Ohio Department of Medicaid of up to $112,500 to participate in the Strong Start Ohio program. Adena is one of only three hospitals in the state taking part in this pilot program. Women who are eligible to join this pilot program must be less than 18 weeks pregnant, on Medicaid, or eligible for Medicaid.
Adena will host an Open House on September 2, 2014 from 4-6PM to explain the Centering Pregnancy Model and how it can be utilized to help promote healthy pregnancies and births.
The Strong Start Ohio (SSO) program helps empower women to actively participate in their prenatal care to cut the risk of pre-term births. The program is intended to reduce pre-term births, improve birth outcomes and lower healthcare costs for high-risk pregnant women and their infants who are enrolled in Medicaid. Adena has been awarded funds of $450 per participant, for up to 250 women.
Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation at 7.57 deaths per 1,000 live births. In Ross County, that rate is higher at 8.8 deaths per 1,000. Both rates exceed the Healthy People 2020 rate of no more than six deaths per 1,000 births. Another concern is the number of women not carrying to full term, Ohio ranks 15th in the nation for the number of pre-term births.