The Implementation Phase of Healthy Texas Babies began on September 1, 2011 and continues to the present.
Collaboration with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
DSHS and HHSC worked closely to implement multiple components of Healthy Texas Babies:
- HHSC and DSHS conducted a survey of Neonatal Intensive Care and Obstetrical Units to determine where they are located and how they deliver care to their patients according to national best practice guidelines.
- HHSC convened a series of committees on topics pertaining to perinatal health to develop best practice recommendations for Texas. Members of the Healthy Texas Babies Expert Panel were selected for these committees.
- HHSC implemented a policy change in reimbursement for non-medically indicated deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation. DSHS assisted with this implementation by offering continuing education opportunities for providers both online and in-person on the clinical implications of this policy change.
Collaboration between the March of Dimes and WIC
- For the past two years during Prematurity Awareness Month in November, the March of Dimes and the DSHS Office of Title V & Family Health have supplied educational posters and pamphlets in English and Spanish to 1000 WIC offices across the state entitled “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” and “Why the Last Weeks of Pregnancy Count.”
- These materials are accompanied by a webinar for WIC staff about how to best use the materials with their clients. This campaign has the potential to reach approximately 1,000,000 Texas WIC clients.
Expert Panel Working Committees
The Expert Panel has worked on a number of special topics in collaboration with state agency staff. These have included
- Development of maternal transport protocols
- A draft survey to send out to clinicians to gauge their readiness to involve fathers in their OB and pediatric practice
- Literature review and program model investigation for maternal mortality and morbidity board formation
- Development of a preconception health assessment tool
- Adoption of the U.S. Office of Minority Health’s A Healthy Baby Begins With You Preconception Peer Educator Training Program
Expert Panel Meetings
Every six months, the Expert Panel meets to review the progress of the initiative and to provide feedback. The following are the Meeting Proceedings Reports of past meetings.
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