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CIGNAL for Preterm Birth

April 13, 2023

The Healthy Start TA & Support Center (TASC) is pleased to share its recent Change Ideas to Grow, Nurture, and Lift (CIGNAL) offering for the Healthy Start (HS) community. CIGNALs aim to enhance and strengthen the capacity of HS grantees to identify and execute change ideas focused on a specific topic (e.g., Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Perinatal Mental and Behavioral Health, and Maternal and Child Health in Rural Communities, and Hypertension) 

The TASC, in partnership with Dr. Divya Mallampati from the Division of Fetal Medicine and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California in San Francisco, hosted a two-and-a-half-hour CIGNAL: Change Ideas to Grow, Nurture, and Lift for Preterm Birth webinar for all grantees on Thursday, April 13. This webinar aimed to enhance and strengthen grantees’ capacity to identify and execute strategies to assure improved and equitable prenatal care services for their HS clients to facilitate a decrease in preterm births (PTB). Participants explored best practices and challenges associated with addressing PTB among pregnant and birthing people; highlighted stories from HS grantees doing the work to reduce PTB; and provided participants with resources and tools for testing strategies in their own communities.  

The group worked to identify and explore potential change ideas as part of a discussion focused on questions including: 

  1. How has PTB affected those in your community? Can you think of specific stories? 
  2. How is your HS project addressing PTB? Through prevention? Helping those who have been affected by PTB? 
  3. What aspects of your PTB programming works well and why? 
  4. What challenges do you feel your program faces in addressing the needs of pregnant people who are at risk for PTB? 
  5. What challenges do you feel your program faces in addressing the needs of families who are affected by PTB? 
  6. How has your organization attempted to overcome or mitigate those challenges? 

Speakers:

Kenn Harris, TASC 

Divya Mallampati, MD, MPH, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences University of California, San Francisco

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