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Maternal & Child Health Initiative Receives $39,000

Apr 20, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE – The Cumberland County Department of Public Health received a $39,213 grant from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to fund the Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health (ICO4MCH) program from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2020. 

ICO4MCH uses evidence-based strategies to lower infant mortality, improve birth outcomes and the overall health of children from birth to age 5.

“This grant allows us the opportunity to not only continue to provide and expand services for women, children, and families within our regional service area, but also the opportunity to engage community members to advocate for the programs, resources and policy change needed to ensure the best outcomes and quality of life for the community at large,” said Nina Beech, ICO4MCH Regional Program Manager.

The program was established in 2016 through an initial grant from DHHS. As part of the grant, Cumberland County partnered with health departments from Richmond, Montgomery and Hoke counties to establish the Sandhills Collaborative, a community action team made up of key stakeholders such as health directors, public health department consumers and community partners.

In fiscal year 2017, the Sandhills Collaborative achieved the following outcomes:

  • Established breastfeeding-friendly policies in each of the four county health departments.
  • Worked with eight businesses to install breastfeeding spaces and provide education and support.
  • Implemented the Clinical Effort of Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) program in each county child health clinic. The CEASE program screens parents and caregivers for tobacco use and provides cessation assistance.