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.
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.
Women’s Workplace Health Program
Promoting the health of Butler County’s workforce through the workplace.
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:
- 6.3% increase in understanding the benefits of pregnancy planning, including health of pregnant women and their baby
- 32.8% increase in folic acid awareness and congenital abnormalities prevention
- 21.8% increase in the importance of starting folic acid before conception
- 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?
Program Coordinator, Goldie Wontumi
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.
- Kid Works Creative Learning Center, Hamilton
- Allies Child Development Center, Fairfield
- Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton
- Community Building Institute, Middletown
- Families First, Middletown
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.
- Reproductive Life Plan: A tool to guide people through their reproductive years
- Top Questions About Fitness and Women
- Top Questions About Healthy Weight and Women
- CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard