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Preconception Health


DID YOU KNOW? 

There have been important advances in medicine and prenatal care in recent years. Despite these advances, birth outcomes are worse in the United States than in many other developed countries. Many babies are born early or have low birth weight. Among some groups of people, the problems actually are getting worse. Preconception health and preconception health care can make a difference.

OVERVIEW 
Preconception health refers to the health of women and men during their reproductive years, which are the years they can have a child. It focuses on taking steps now to protect the health of a baby they might have sometime in the future.

Everyone can benefit from preconception health, whether or not they plan to have a baby one day. This is because part of preconception health is about people getting and staying healthy overall, throughout their lives. In addition, no one expects an unplanned pregnancy. But it happens often. In fact, about half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned.

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LOCAL PROGRAMS

Women’s Workplace Health Program
Promoting the health of Butler County’s workforce through the workplace.

Program Services
1. Pre-assessment: Gives the screening counselor an overall picture of someone's health
2. Screening: Includes blood pressure, height and weight
3. One-on-one counseling with a public health expert
4. Create a workplace health policy (e.g. providing healthy snack or food options in the workplace)5. Post Assessment and health screening (comparing results from 1st screening)

Program Results, 2019-2020

  • arr  Increased the number of written reproductive life plan by 15.5% among program participants
  • arr  Following intervention, 33% of participants were aware that is is best to wait at least 18 months after birth before conceiving another child. Indicating a 15.2% increase in knowledge
  • arr  Increased the number of participants that attended a well visit by 16.4%


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The Butler County General Health District was privileged to partner with the following businesses for the Women’s Workplace Health Program during the 2019 - 2020 grant year.  By partnering with us, these businesses have shown an interest in improving their employees’ health and well being.

Butler County’s Women’s Workplace Health Program is fully funded by the Ohio Department of Health and is designed to improve the health and well being of working women, children and families in Butler County. The program brings health screenings, resources, and referrals to childbearing women where they work.  The program also encourages businesses to develop a work environment that promotes health. 

We would also like to recognize Molina Healthcare for their generous support of this program.

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