Sullivan 180 Receives $75,000 grant from Senator John Bonacic
Funding will be used for Women’s Health
[FERNDALE] – Thanks to the generosity of Senator John Bonacic, Sullivan 180 has received a $75,000 grant to support women’s health in Sullivan County. The member item grant is administered through the New York Department of Health. Sullivan 180, and its community partners, will use these funds to improve prenatal care, birth outcomes, and breastfeeding rates for vulnerable women in Sullivan County. “I am proud to have secured this funding for Sullivan 180” Senator Bonacic said. “They are steadfastly dedicated to improving health outcomes in Sullivan County and the best place to start is ensuring the availability of prenatal and infant health services.”
In order to support a culture of breastfeeding in Sullivan County and increase breastfeeding rates, Sullivan 180, in consultation with the Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition, is offering scholarships to send selected staff members who work in settings with breastfeeding women to a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) Training. Breastfeeding has many health benefits for women as well as for infants over a lifetime. Up until this funding availability, there has been a severe shortage of CLCs in Sullivan County.
The Lactation Counselor Training Course is a college-level five day course designed to provide up-to-date, research-based information and clinical competency validation for the provision of professional lactation care, and includes testing and certification. The funding will support between 8 and 10 scholarships. In addition, this funding will support on-going community collaborations for breastfeeding support groups and coalition building across agencies that are geared to catalyze cross agency systems changes.
The funds will also be used to support adequate staffing for a dedicated bilingual Community Health Worker (CHW) at Maternal Infant Services Network (MiSN) focused on assisting Spanish and/or English-speaking pregnant and interconception women and their infants in Sullivan County and connecting them to community resources. The Community Health Worker serves low income women of child bearing age.
Finally, funding will help support the implementation of an innovative, outcomes-proven model for prenatal care, Centering Pregnancy®, at Hudson River Health Care in Monticello. The model includes group prenatal care visits with women due at about the same time. The group setting allows for longer quality face to face care with their obstetricians and empowers women to more fully participate in their own care. It also fosters support among the women in the groups. Centering Pregnancy® has a demonstrated track record of decreasing the rate of preterm and low weight babies, increasing breastfeeding rates, and leading to better pregnancy spacing. CenteringPregnancy® has been shown to nearly eliminate racial disparities in preterm birth.
According to Sullivan 180 Executive Director, Sandi Rowland “To have a long term impact on maternal and child health outcomes, the grant is being used to establish new programs, provide training and support outreach efforts. We appreciate Senator Bonacic’s support and his recognition of the importance of women’s health in our community.”
Sullivan 180 is a new nonprofit organization created to turn around the health and wellness of Sullivan County. Sullivan 180’s mission is to build a healthy, vibrant Sullivan County where everyone has a sense of purpose, connection to family and community and access to fresh foods and an active lifestyle. To learn more about Sullivan 180, please visit www.Sullivan180.org. For questions about the women’s grant, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 845-295-2680.