San Diego, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have awarded multi-year grants to PCI for its California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) Project, totaling $1.25million. Continuing a DHHS grant from 2007-2012, the second phase of CBHS will be from 2012-2014. The grant is entirely by HRSA, and PCI was selected as one of nine projects in the US that received continuing funding from HRSA for two additional years.
Focused on populations with high infant mortality, low birth rates, and low rates of insurance, PCI’s California Border Healthy Start Project strives to reduce health risks in perinatal health. The new funding will allow the project to reach over 110,000 women and their families. Women and their children in these communities will benefit from culturally sensitive case management, including mental health support, and individual planning for improved health and nutrition practices. As part of the project, PCI is also leading a consortium of providers and providing monthly continuing education seminars to health professionals and volunteers.
In addition to reducing infant mortality and low birth weights, California Border Healthy Start has achieved important successes among its participant population, including improving the early initiation of prenatal care by 31%; increasing the number of women enrolling in and retaining health insurance through the inter-conception period by over 22%; and increasing to 100% the number of participants receiving case management who complete a 2-week post-partum screening for depression and domestic violence.
“We are thrilled to continue our positive outreach with these vulnerable communities, helping connect families with the health resources they need to improve their lives,” stated Maria Lourdes F. Reyes, MD, MPH, Director of California Programs for PCI.
In the new phase of the project, PCI will continue to focus on improving birth rates and assisting the local perinatal service system in the target communities with support from its partners San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Family Health Centers of San Diego, La Maestra Community Clinic, Operation Samahan Community Health Center, San Diego Family Care and Best Start Birth Center.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, PCI (Project Concern International) is an international health, development and humanitarian assistance organization, operating in 16 countries worldwide. PCI is dedicated to saving lives and building healthy communities around the globe, benefitting over 6.7 million people annually in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Funded by federal grants and private support, PCI’s current annual budget is nearly $50 million and the organization has 600 employees worldwide. PCI’s headquarters are located in San Diego, CA and also has an office in Washington, DC and a Seattle, WA representative.