Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) was awarded $450,000 from the AllOne Foundation to improve access to comprehensive, quality health care for women and children in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The funding from AllOne Foundation supports the establishment of a maternity medical home model of care at MFHS clinics in Scranton and Hazleton, and increasing access to mental and behavioral health care.
The maternity medical home is an innovative model that is not currently available in Pennsylvania and will increase the range of services offered at the MFHS Scranton and Hazleton sites to include onsite nutrition services, reproductive health care, evidence based nurse home visiting, obstetric care, fetal imaging, onsite labs and pharmacy services, substance/opioid use disorder care management, oral health triage and navigating, psychosocial assessment, and development of a team-focused and interdisciplinary plan of care.
The mental and behavioral health component of the AllOne Foundation funding will address multi-generational negative public health impacts of maternal depression. MFHS launched the evidenced-based Moving Beyond Depression (MBD) model for both clients enrolled in the MFHS Nurse-Family Partnership program. MBD was developed by Every Child Succeeds at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has been rigorously tested, and was named a best practice by the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs.
Maternal and Family Health Services is a non-profit health and human service organization working to improve the health of Pennsylvania women and children by offering programs that prevent disease, promote wellness, and empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices. The agency oversees a network of health and nutrition centers in 17 Pennsylvania counties serving over90,000 individuals each year through the following core programs: WIC Nutrition Program, Family Planning Program, Nurse-Family Partnership, the SafeTeens Initiative, and the Healthy Beginnings Plus Prenatal Program. For more information, call 1-800-367-6347, or visit www.mfhs.org.
Pictured left to right: John Cosgrove, Pete Danchak, Chair, AllOne Charities, Maria Montero-Edwards, CEO, MFHS, and Shannon Hayward, Vice President of Service Delivery Operations, MFHS.