(Providence, RI) -- Integra Community Care Network and the Flourish Fund announce an innovative community-based program for parents-to-be to improve health outcomes and equity for pregnant patients. The maternal wellness program will connect eligible families to a range of resources, including community-based providers, online education, and a “wellness essentials” care package to support them during pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood.
This pilot program will be offered to patients of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center (OGCC) at Women & Infants Hospital who are also members of Integra’s Medicaid Accountable Entity program.
“Integra is committed to finding innovative ways to help our members meet their healthcare needs,” said John Minichiello, president of Integra Community Care Network. “We’re excited to partner on this initiative and to provide a new level of maternity care in the community.”
The goal of this wellness program is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes such as c-section rates, breastfeeding rates, pre-term birth rates, NICU and emergency department utilization, mental health, patient satisfaction, and self-efficacy.
The Flourish Fund will help match eligible patients to a choice of appropriate community-based doulas based on patient preferences including preferred language. Enrolled members can receive doula support during their pregnancy, birth and up to six months postpartum. In addition, patients will receive access to monthly education in the form of live webinars as well as videos and articles by national and local experts, in both English and Spanish. All enrolled patients will also receive a parent and baby “wellness essentials” care package.
Integra Community Care Network has partnered with the Flourish Fund to help refer patients to culturally and linguistically appropriate birth and postpartum independent community-based doulas participating in the program.
"The Flourish Fund is excited to partner on this innovative model of maternity care that extends support beyond the clinic and into the community. Partnerships like this provide families access to a unique combination of education, tools, and the right support system from pregnancy through postpartum.” ~Melissa Bowley, CEO & Founder of Flourish Fund
The program is directly funded by Integra as part of its Medicaid AE program. The program will be available at no cost to members who enroll.
About Integra Community Care Network
Integra represents a new way to provide a better patient experience, better health care, and—most important—better health.
Integra Community Care Network is comprised of Care New England Health System, Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation, and South County Health. This includes Butler Hospital, Care New England Medical Group, Kent Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, The Providence Center, VNA of Care New England, South County Hospital, South County Health Medical & Wellness Centers, and South County Home Health.