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Preconception Health


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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, 2018-2019
Changes in Knowledge:

  • arr  6.3% increase in understanding the benefits of pregnancy planning, including health of       pregnant women and their baby 
  • arr 32.8% increase in folic acid awareness and congenital abnormalities prevention
  • arr 21.8% increase in the importance of starting folic acid before conception
  • arr 44.8% increase in awareness of birth spacing (waiting 18 months after a birth to conceive another)

Does your business qualify? 

  • Are you a business in Butler County with less than 50 employees?
  • Does your company employ women in the childbearing age group?
Did you answer YES to both questions? Contact us!
Program Coordinator, Goldie Wontumi 
Office: 513-887-5227 
Email: wontumig@butlercountyohio.org 



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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 2018 - 2019 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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