The mission of the Healthy Babies Coalition is to change a community’s knowledge, attitudes, and behavior regarding preterm births, its risk factors, and strategies to prevent it.
Our coalition currently meets on the third Thursday of every month from 2:00-4:00pm alternating between various partner sites. A typical HBC meeting consists of a presentation from an outside organization or initiative and workgroup meetings. We currently have 7 workgroups that further various HBC projects including: Preconception and Clinical health, Centering Pregnancy, HBC Website and Newsletters, Sororities and Social Organizations, March for Babies/Prematurity Awareness Month, Community Health Workers and the Social Service Agencies Liaisons. Please contact us if you would like to attend our meetings.
The coalition commenced through the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District as a result of a receiving a grant from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) under the Healthy Texas Babies Initiative in 2011. Prior to this program, McLennan County did not have a coalition that focused solely on the issues of prematurity and infant mortality. The coalition continued when a new Healthy Texas Babies grant was released from DSHS in August 2014. As a result of this grant, our current work is centered on providing education on preconception (before pregnancy) and inter-conception (between pregnancies) care with the goal of increasing favorable birth outcomes.
The coalition has implemented various interventions in order to promote family planning and quality preconception and interconception care. Currently, these initiatives include the implementation of a clinical toolkit at all Waco Family Health Center clinics and the promotion of Someday Starts Now media messaging around the Waco community.
The clinical toolkits are used at all well women exam appointments at all Family Health Center sites in Waco in order to promote discussions on family planning and healthier living. The Someday Starts Now health campaign can be found throughout Waco via billboards, movie theaters, radio stations, TV commercials, & bus benches to highlight the importance of seeking healthcare prior to pregnancy. Additionally, the Someday Starts Now Life Planning Toolkits are available at HBC partner sites around Waco. If you’re interested in hearing more about our initiatives, please contact us.
HBC Partners include: Amerigroup Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, Baylor University, Care Net Pregnancy Center, Child Protective Services, Early Head Starts, Family Health Center, Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council, Life Steps Wee Care & P.A.D.R.E Program, Live Well Waco, LogistiCare, March of Dimes, Nurse Family Partnership, Planned Parenthood, Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension program, Providence Health Center, RightCare from Scott & White Health Plan, Superior Health Plan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Trinity AME Church, Waco Center for Women’s Health, Waco Foundation, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, Waco-McLennan Public Library, Waco Touchpoints Coalition, Workforce Solutions, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc..