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Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative Executive Director Helen Hannigan details the Cooperative’s ongoing efforts to gather, analyze, and interpret the most comprehensive maternal health data as part of the organization’s ongoing mission to serve our diverse South Jersey community.

The Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative is one of three designated maternal and child health consortia in New Jersey focused on improving the health of pregnant and parenting families. The Cooperative's Executive Director Helen Hannigan joined Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, President and CEO of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey and Robyn D'Oria, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, to share how the organizations strive for safe births and optimal health.

Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that pregnant women with COVID-19 face an increased likelihood of developing a severe case and complications in pregnancy and in childbirth, such as a preterm or stillborn baby. While omicron tends to be milder on average, unvaccinated women are still in danger.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that an estimated 8,700 postpartum New Jerseyans will be guaranteed to maintain their Medicaid coverage for 12 months after the end of the pregnancy. This important step will help New Jersey to provide pregnancy-related care with the goal of preventing unnecessary postpartum-related illness and death.

SNJPC Recognized for Safe Sleep Promotion

Thank you to the SIDS Center of New Jersey for recognizing our work to promote safe sleep for babies. The Cooperative was chosen as one of the recipients who they recognized this year at their SIDS Recognition Ceremony in October.

Preconception health – a woman's health before she gets pregnant – is just as important as her health during pregnancy. In this Philly Voice article, SNJPC's Lakeshia Montgomery shares things women should do before trying to conceive.

Learn about upcoming COVID-19 testing and vaccination events hosted by the Southern NJ COVID Response Program and its community partners.

Participate in the NAACP Maternal Experience Survey, sponsored by the Prematurity Prevention Initiative, and provide critical feedback which can be used to improve maternal and child health in New Jersey.

SNJPC is pleased to announce that Lakeshia Montgomery has been named Director of Professional Education and Training.

In the interview, SNJPC Executive Director Helen Hannigan discussed the work that we do as well as ways to get involved.

SNJPC is pleased to introduce its new Executive Director, Helen Hannigan. She succeeds Judy Donlen who has retired after 30 years as the agency’s top executive.

Our ‘Spotlight on Family Health’ series is now available to view on our website. Click READ MORE to watch all four sessions. And don’t forget to join us September 30th for our Family Wellness in Uncertain Times virtual health fair! Get important information on how to keep you and your loved ones safe, positive and healthy in these uncertain times. Read on for details.

700 women die every year in the U.S. from pregnancy-related complications. The CDC's 'Hear Her' campaign features stories from women about their experiences during or after pregnancy. They share how pregnancy-related complications or conditions have affected them and how they got help. Click READ MORE to hear their stories.

The Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative continues its modified workflow arrangement in which telework is the norm and meetings are either web-based or accomplished through conference calling. These protective measures enable us to safely serve our clients and partners during the COVID-19 emergency. Click READ MORE for program specific updates.

PRIORITY (Pregnancy CoRonavIrus Outcomes RegIsTrY) is a nationwide study to better understand how COVID-19 impacts pregnant women and their newborns. Women who are pregnant or recently pregnant and have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 can enroll in the study to support this effort. Click READ MORE for details.

Are you and your family struggling to eat healthy while sheltering at home? Are you snacking more frequently, and not on nutritious foods? Our Healthy Women, Healthy Families program has a list of tips to keep your nutrition on track and kick those boredom snack sessions!

SNJPC's Teen Outreach Program (TOP) has compiled a list of fun things young people can do while at home social distancing. Those who try out suggestions are encouraged to send pictures of their efforts to BeSafe@snjpc.org and use the hashtag #snjpcPeriodt for any social media postings.

Postpartum Wellness Initiative for South Jersey (PWI) is participating in a national research study of a promising program to prevention postpartum depression. In a series of clinical trials, the Reach Out, Stay Strong, Essentials for mothers of newborns (ROSE) reduced cases of postpartum depression by 50% among low-income women. Now, researchers are taking it to the next level by launching it in the real world.

Register now for our May 6th skills building workshop, Trauma: Highlighting Complexities in Maternal Mental Health and Addiction. This offering is presented by Postpartum Wellness Initiative for South Jersey and Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project in recognition of Maternal Mental Health Month.

Ending racial disparities in birth outcomes is a top priority for New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and remains a main focus of the Cooperative. Data from the latest NJ PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) survey is compelling proof that race and racial bias may be a significant factor for adverse birth outcomes.

Gloucester County's childhood lead screening rates are the lowest in the state. Now, members of a new subcommittee formed by SNJPC's Lead and Healthy Homes initiative have come up with a plan to screen more children. Read more in this Courier Post article.

Cathy Butler-Witt, Assistant Director of Public Health Programs, was among the addiction experts Katie Couric interviewed for a recent episode of her 'Next Question' podcast series. The podcast explores how millions of kids got addicted to nicotine within the span of just a few years and what can be done. Click Read More to link to the podcast.

On June 5th, Cooperative members, supporters and staff gathered to celebrate the agency's accomplishments of the past year and prepare for a successful future. Read more about SNJPC's 2019 Annual Meeting.

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