Mission Of HWCC
The mission of the Healthy Women & Children Coalition is to change a community’s knowledge, attitudes, and behavior regarding preterm births, its risk factors, and strategies to prevent it.
Our goal is to ensure that all women & children of color in Waco-McLennan County are healthy.
Meeting Time, Location, And Structure
Our coalition currently meets on the third Thursday of every month from 2:00-4:00pm at the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District. The structure of HWCC includes a steering committee consisting of dedicated partners and four workgroups representing preconception, prenatal, inter-conception health, and teen pregnancy prevention. 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.
Work Of The Coalition
The coalition has implemented various interventions in order to promote family planning and quality preconception and interconception care. Currently, these initiatives include the use of a clinical toolkit at all Waco Family Health Center clinics, the recent creation of the Women’s Health Advisory Council, and the distribution of Healthy Waco Women 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 Healthy Waco Women health campaign can be found throughout Waco to highlight the importance of seeking healthcare prior to pregnancy. If you’re interested in hearing more about our initiatives, please contact us.
Partners of the Coalition include; local medical practitioners and clinics, social services providers, school districts, non-profit agencies, and faith communities throughout the Waco-McLennan County area.”