Call to action on maternal, children's health during UW Tacoma talk

Tacoma News TribuneApril 3, 2014 

Kayla Scrivner of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will present a talk on urgent needs for better maternal and child health care in Pierce County at the University of Washington Tacoma campus as part of National Public Health Week.

She will share results of a statewide assessment that shows that mothers and children in urbanized areas of Pierce County--including Tacoma, Parkland, Lakewood, Fife and Puyallup—are at the highest, or near the highest, level of risk for health or developmental problems of any region in the state. 

Her talk is scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 106 Cherry-Parkes on the UW Tacoma campus. UWT's  Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Program is sponsoring the event.

The presentation, “Pierce County Maternal and Child Health Risk Assessment Findings: A Call to Action,” will describe the health department’s efforts to secure federal funding for expanded home visits for high-risk families. She will also talk about the department's work with the state of Washington assessing the health of mothers and children using measures such as the rate of teen births, late or no prenatal care, the frequency of preterm births and low-birth-weight babies, and infant mortality.

Scrivner will describe the assessment process, outline the results and discuss what state and local agencies are doing to address health outcomes in Pierce County. 

For more information on maternal child health in Pierce County, visit www.tpchd.org/maternalchildhealth.

 

 

 

 

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