2300 Henderson Mill Road, Suite 410 Atlanta, GA 30345 Effective 9.1.14 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Carol Hayes, BSN, MN, MPH, CNM Brian McGowan, MBA Michael R. Silver, CPA Brett Schroeder, DMD Nicole Smith, MBA Shawn Smith, MBA Pat Swan, RN Mary Thompson, RN, MBA [email protected] A frantic father called needing help for his wife and child. His child needed vaccines, and his wife was in need of prenatal care. They could not afford a private doctor, did not speak English and did not qualify for Medicaid. With no place left to turn, his sisterin-law told him about PowerLine. He called, and we referred him to the Health Department where he could get help with the child’s vaccines as well as WIC. We also referred the wife to Grady Hospital’s prenatal care program for people with low income and who do not qualify for Medicaid. We also provided a resource where he could get help with a car seat and baby supplies. When we called him back to do a quality assurance survey, he let us know that when he called Grady he was connected to a representative who spoke his language and that he used another resource we provided to help him with a car seat and babies supplies. I am really glad we have bilingual specialists at the PowerLine, and we were able to help this family. — Vickie, Bilingual Information & Referral Specialist 770.451.0020 PowerLine 1.800.300.9003 www.hmhbga.org I received a call from a very worried mother whose 16 year old daughter was pregnant. I talked with her about resources available to her daughter in the state. I gave her the number and the website for her to apply for Right from the Start Medicaid program for pregnant women. I also gave her the numbers for WIC, parenting classes, and three referrals for physicians specializing in prenatal care who were close to her area. I informed her that the providers were low cost, and this may be beneficial while she waited to be approved for Medicaid. At the end of the call the mother stated that she was thankful and that the resources I provided would be very helpful for her daughter. It really made a difference. I know that one of the risk factors for infant mortality is lack of early and regular prenatal care. Apparently, this mom also knew how important prenatal care is. The PowerLine is making a difference in the lives of Georgia families every day. — Ursula, , Bilingual Information & Referral Specialist Leah Aldridge, JD, IBCLC, RLC Jennifer Blakely, JD MPH Chip Davis, CFP Patricia Ecklund, RN, BSN Hanan Elbeitam, MBA William Fields, MBA Erica Francis-Scott, MD Merrilee Gober, RN, BSN, JD Success Stories Improving Access to Healthcare 2013-14 ANNUAL REPORT President’s Message Welcome to our 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference. While our mission is to serve mothers and babies by improving access to healthcare, on this day, our mission is to serve YOU. We join you in your passion to improve the health and lives of mothers and babies. We hope that today’s conference will support and energize you as you fulfill your life’s calling with your talents and expertise. We hope that the nuggets of knowledge that you acquire today will put more tools in your toolbox, more feathers in your cap, and more wind in your sails. We also hope that it will make you inquisitive to continue in your quest for more knowledge. It has been a privilege to serve HMHB as a director and president. During my tenure as president, HMHB has updated its Articles of Incorporation and other corporate policies. In working with DPH, we have expanded the call center to also initiate contact with families who have high-risk infants to offer them resources such as Children’s 1st and Babies Can’t Wait. In working with Georgia State University, we have become the resource for educational information as the service agent for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. This service fills an important void for our families and State DFCS staff. HMHB has also put its call center database of resources online for 24/7 access. Finally, we have expanded our outreach by adding two staff persons to assist families with medical insurance options. Our advocacy remains strong too. Andy Lord leads us in our efforts at the Capitol and beyond. We continue to highlight the need for prenatal care for all women, the need for appropriate Medicaid reimbursement rates (especially in our rural communities), and our desire to dissuade teens from smoking by increasing the cost of cigarettes (because today’s smoking teens are our future pregnant mothers). Importantly, we have taken the lead in an effort to license lactation consultants so that mothers and babies can have easy access to their clinical care. Licensure would pave the way so that pediatricians and family practice physicians could have these experts as part of their office staff. That way ALL mothers, not just the mothers who can pay for it out-of-pocket and who are willing to invite strangers into their homes, can get help when needed. Ultimately, we want consultants to be as easy to access as formula. Under the leadership of Shawn Smith, we have had two successful golf tournaments to help us raise funds for our mission work. Our third annual tournament is slated for April. HMHB continues to collaborate with other medical societies, nonprofits, healthcare providers, third-party payers and state agencies. We serve on the DCH Low Birth Weight workgroup and the state’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee. In the coming weeks, working with DeKalb Medical, Philips Medical, and Amerigroup, we anticipate starting a collaborative service project of repairing broken WIC breast pumps so that mothers of NICU babies can have easy access to this important equipment in order to be able to nourish their babies. As our name indicates, we are a “coalition” of many, and I am so appreciative of the HMHB staff, our new Executive Director, Ayanna Rutherford, and our tireless volunteer board members. Each of these people has an important role and expertise, but no one person can accomplish anything without the others – our work for mothers and babies is truly a team effort. And YOU, our members, are critical too. You are the voices in the healthcare arena. You educate your colleagues, your patients and their families – and you educate us at HMHB – letting us know the needs of your community. We are listening. We appreciate you and what you do for Georgia’s mothers and babies! Thank you for allowing me to serve HMHB. Merrilee Gober, RN, BSN, JD Board President History & Mission Every year, the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHB) helps improve access to healthcare by: DIRECT SERVICE. Since 1984, we have operated PowerLine, a toll-free bilingual phone line to access healthcare. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) contracts with us to provide this federally mandated Maternal and Child Health call center. In fiscal year 201314 we received 19,824 incoming calls to the PowerLine. We also took on two additional projects during the fiscal year. In January, we began work on a project for DPH making outgoing calls to families of infants with developmental risk factors. From January to June we made 4,542 calls to those families. On February 26, 2014, we started taking calls for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (PCA). The number of calls grew from three in February to 57 in June. By the end of the fiscal year, we received a total of 105 PCA calls. In addition to the call center, our online referrals resulted in 26,530 online searches! ADVOCACY. HMHB is a strong statewide voice for maternal and infant health policy issues. PowerLine data has proven to be an invaluable tool in supporting legislative reform. Our Breastfeeding Initiative is designed to improve access to breastfeeding support in communities across Georgia. COLLABORATION. Our vital role in linking public and private initiatives has resulted in elimination of barriers to existing services, reduction in duplication of services, and effective utilization of limited health resources. HMHB membership allows communication between health care providers and grassroots advocates and citizens. 85% of HMHB revenue goes to program expense. We invite YOU to help improve access to healthcare for Georgia’s women and children by becoming an annual member! $45 online/www.hmhbga.org HMHB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For audit, Form 990, W-9, and/or Tax ID Letter, please email [email protected] PowerLine Call Center 1.800.300.9003 Who Calls? Black 46% White 35% Hispanic/Latino 12% Declined/unknown 4% Asian 3% Adult/for a child - 75% Pregnant women - 13% Women/for herself - 7% Information only - 2% Man/for himself - 3% Top Seven Reasons Georgians Call 1. WIC (Georgia’s Women, Infant, Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) 2. Pediatrician 3. Right from the Start Medicaid 4. Primary Care Physician 5. Dental Care/Oral Health 6. Prescription Assistance 7. OB-Gyn/Prenatal Care Quality Assurance: 97% of callers would recommend PowerLine to a friend PowerLine is now online! www.hmhbga.org Breastfeeding Initiative Breastfeeding is a public health game changer. It is low cost, low tech and seldom requires any durable medical equipment, drugs, or infrastructure. It does not discriminate. It improves the health of all infants – boys and girls; healthy and sick; premature and full-term; rich and poor. It is for all of these reasons that HMHB has taken the lead on several important breastfeeding initiatives in Georgia. We support the licensure of the clinical breastfeeding professionals (known as “IBCLCs”) because licensure will improve access to clinical support and will save precious healthcare (and WIC) dollars. With a grant from Kaiser Permanente, we hosted seven lunch and learns across the state this past year about the importance of breastfeeding. We are collaborating with GSU to better understand the healthcare savings that breastfeeding will afford public health. Partnering with DeKalb Medical, Philips Medical, and Amerigroup we are about to launch a new WIC breast pump repair program. We unveiled a new “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” window cling program so that mothers can frequent businesses in which they feel welcome with their infants. We continue to look ahead with our eyes on a Breastfeeding Strategic Plan in which we hope to engage YOU to play an important part. All of these programs will work together to help increase Georgia’s breastfeeding rates because we know that breastfeeding is a better formula for Georgia! To learn more about how you can help support us, please check out the Breastfeeding Initiative on our webpage www.hmhbga.org. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia improves access to healthcare for Georgia’s women and children. www.hmhbga.org Thanks to Our Members & Donors Contributions from 7/1/13 - 6/30/14 Dr. Joseph Alderman Aldridge Connors, LLP American Academy of Pediatrics Georgia Chapter Amerigroup Corporation AmeriHealth Mercy Atlanta Breastfeeding Consultants, LLC Balch & Bingham baby gooroo Inc. Monique Baker Barnes & Thornburg Kristina Bryan Pamela Craft Barbara Curl Jones Day James and Diane Ecklund Patricia Ecklund Bill Fields Center for Black Women’s Wellness Cherokee County Health Department Clarke County Board of Health Cobb County Board of Health Colquitt Regional Medical Center The Community Foundation Community Health Charities CSRA Breastfeeding Coalition Deitra Gilbert Dekalb Board of Health District Four Health Services Donald C. Hart Family Foundation Mike & Karen Drozd Emory University Erica Francis-Scott, MD GE Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Georgia Affiliate American College of Nurse Midwives Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition Georgia Dental Association Georgia Department of Public Health Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Georgia State University Dr. Fred & Merrilee Gober Gwinnett County Health Department Hamilton Medical Center Carol Hayes Help A Child Smile Houston County Board of Health Kaiser Foundation Kimberly Langley Laurens County Board of Health Andrew Lord March of Dimes Georgia Chapter The Marcus Autism Center MCG Health, Inc. Brian McGowan MedImmune MeKesson Provider Technologies Memorial Health Miller & Martin Mary Muse Cassandra Neville Northside Hospital Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Prevent Child Abuse Georgia Pro Bono Atlanta Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. Seedco Brett Schroeder, DMD Nicole Smith Shawn Smith Tim Smith Amanda Springfield Sutherland Pat Swan Tita Stewart Sheila Thomas Mary Thompson Total Craft Consultants, LLC-Pamela L. Wilkes Turner Boardcasting Southeast Lactation Consultant Southeastern Primary Care ConsortiumAHEC Southwest Health District 8-2 US Lactation Consultant Association Voices for Georgia's Children Deborah Wicker WIC Augusta Mary Woodruff Cindy Zeldin We appreciate your membership and the gifts of all our donors! Please call if this list is in error, or you have questions.
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