March of Dimes, KDHE Secretary Mosier and Amerigroup Foundation Launch Web Portal—Link Kansas Moms Directly with Lifesaving Program

“Becoming a Mom” connects women with information and health care providers

KANSAS CITY, Kansas--()--The March of Dimes Greater Kansas Chapter, in an unprecedented partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Amerigroup Foundation, launches the “Becoming a Mom” website portal, increasing the access to quality prenatal education for more women state-wide.

“One in eight babies in the State of Kansas is born too soon”

The March of Dimes Greater Kansas Chapter, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, established the “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” initiative, focused on clinical care collaboration and prenatal care education. As part of that initiative, the “Becoming a Mom” program increases access to quality prenatal care in high-risk populations. It is designed to improve birth outcomes for low income women and to address birth disparities among targeted racial and ethnic populations.

“The Becoming a Mom program and portal will help women throughout Kansas get the tools they need to have healthy and happy babies,” said Dr. Susan Mosier, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “This program has helped improve birth outcomes in those who have participated and we are eager to expand these educational opportunities to all moms in Kansas.”

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has expanded the “Becoming a Mom” program to additional Kansas communities. Announced in conjunction with Mother’s Day, a new $20,000 grant from Amerigroup Foundation, has now enhanced programming and facilitated the launch of an on-line web portal, hosted by the March of Dimes.

“This new facet of the program gives all Kansas women access to the online resources they need for healthy pregnancies,” said Amerigroup Kansas President, Laura Hopkins. “We are proud to be taking part of this effort, because supporting this initiative aligns with the Amerigroup Foundation’s goal to create a healthier generation of Americans.”

“One in eight babies in the State of Kansas is born too soon,” said March of Dimes State Director, Kenneth Jackson. “With almost half of those premature births, being funded by the Kansas Medicaid program, it’s a cost that impacts taxpayers and society in general, not just the families involved. This partnership between the March of Dimes, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment and the Amerigroup Foundation underscores the importance of reducing the cost of prematurity and how working together, we can ensure the babies in our community have the best opportunity to be born full term and healthy. The ‘Becoming a Mom’ Program targets pregnant women in at-risk communities across Kansas and provides education, access and incentives for full-term, healthy deliveries.”

Kansas communities currently implementing the “Becoming a Mom” program:

  • Saline County
  • Geary County
  • Riley & Pottawatomie Counties
  • Crawford County
  • Wyandotte County
  • Reno County
  • Lyon County

For more information visit:

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait: http://www.marchofdimes.org/kansas/programs_13172.html

Becoming a Mom: http://www.marchofdimes.org/kansas/programs_5829.html

Amerigroup Foundation: http://www.amerigroup.com/about-amerigroup/amerigroup-foundation

The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and newborn health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefitted from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional and national organizations, the Amerigroup Foundation works to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Amerigroup and its affiliated health plans serve. Amerigroup Foundation funding is focused on strategic initiatives working to address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative with five areas of focus: Healthy Heart, Cancer Prevention, Healthy Maternal Practices, Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, and Healthy Active Lifestyle. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Amerigroup Foundation, please visit www.anthem.foundation.

Contacts

March of Dimes
Jennifer Robinson
816.803.9510 (cell)

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