Partnership with THRIVE (Toward Health Resiliency for Infant Vitality and Equity)
A critical goal in our community is to reduce infant mortality and ensure that babies make it to their first birthdays. To that end, the YWCA partners with THRIVE to support and promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. We have a Community Health Worker on-site as an integral member of our team to educate and provide support to our clients. In 2018, we worked with 37 mothers with an 89% “graduation rate” for our clients who participated in the program.
A Community Health Worker is available at no cost to participants to help support and assist women through pregnancy and the first year of their baby’s life. CHWs work with their clients to identify the challenges and barriers they may face in preparing for a new baby.
To participate in the program, contact us via the Participate tab below.
Marcy Smith joined the YWCA Canton in November 2017 through a partnership with THRIVE. Marcy is certified by the Ohio Board of Nursing and works to connect mothers with a doctor for prenatal care, helps prepare for baby’s arrival, is trained in community resources and can assist with gaining insurance, understanding those benefits and more. Marcy works with pregnant and new mothers throughout their child’s first year of life. Marcy is a CLC, Certified Lactation Counselor. Marcy’s additional certifications include Certification in Mental Health, First Aid, CPR, and FEMA. Marcy can be contacted by phone at 330-453-7644 or via the Participate tab below.
Marcy looks forward to working with you and your child.
What do CHWs do?
· Help with getting health insurance
· Assist in finding a preferred doctor and is covered by insurance
· Help make prenatal appointments
· Arrange transportation
· Help clients follow the doctor’s advice
· Empower clients to make the best health choices for mom and baby
· Advocate for clients to doctors and policy makers
· Breastfeeding support group
· Mental Health, Behavioral Health, and Addiction Recovery services
· Tobacco Cessation support
· Help clients seek stable housing and assistance with utilities
· Help with early education for baby
· Transportation assistance
· Access to fresh, healthy foods
· Make sure moms have a safe place for baby to sleep
· Connect clients and those in their homes with to tobacco cessation support where they can earn vouchers for diapers for quitting and staying smoke-free
· Connect with birthing classes and help you make an informed choice about breastfeeding
· Parenting classes for Mom and the father of baby
· Optional visit by a nurse at home to make sure Mom and baby are healthy after birth