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Group Prenatal Care Initiatives

To reduce premature births on a population-level, intervention efforts must extend beyond women with a prior preterm birth and focus on the women most vulnerable to experience a preterm birth. The state has identified evidence-based group prenatal care as a promising intervention with the potential to reduce prematurity, and more importantly racial disparities in prematurity, at the population level.

Racial inequities in premature births are the primary contributor to widening disparities in Ohio’s infant mortality rate. By addressing both health and social factors that contribute to adverse birth outcomes, evidence-based group prenatal care can help to reduce racial disparities in prematurity.

The ODH Group Prenatal Care Initiatives (PC) grant supports three scopes of work related to evidence-based group prenatal care: 1) planning; 2) establishment or expansion; and 3) enhancements.

Planning
Subrecipients are funded to develop an implementation plan for providing evidence-based group prenatal care. Funds in this scope are used to support applicants in meeting eligibility requirements to provide evidence-based group prenatal care.

Establishment or Expansion
Subrecipients are funded to implement evidence-based group prenatal care within seven months of the grant start. Models are expected to be sustainable. Clinical services reimbursable by Medicaid or other insurance providers are not eligible for support with these grant dollars. 

Enhancements
Subrecipients are funded to enhance existing or proposed evidence-based group prenatal care services to support client enrollment and retention through one or more of the following: virtual/remote group prenatal care, staff training, childcare, transportation, accessibility (including response to COVID-19) and client incentives. Eligible activities are not essential to an existing evidence-based model design.