Annotation: The Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership represents the collaborative efforts of Pennsylvania’s Healthy Start Projects and Maternal and Child Health Programs to improve women's and children's health outcomes in Pennsylvania through education, advocacy, and collaboration. In its work, the Partnership emphasizes the importance of making sure that women are healthy when they become pregnant, that they continue to be healthy during pregnancy, that they are healthy between pregnancies, and that their babies are born, and remain healthy. PPP members work to reduce barriers to maternal and child health services, promote the provision of culturally and linguistically sensitive care, and support the capacity of women to enhance and maintain their own health as well as the health of their children and families. Whether directly or through alliances with community-based health, mental health and and social service organizations, PPP members offer individualized care designed to build on the strengths of each family. In addition, PPP members ensure that women and children receive needed primary and specialty health and mental health services; enroll families in health insurance programs; and provide education about nutrition, exercise, child development, and other maternal and child health concerns. Significant activities include a statewide conference on perinatal depression and a symposium on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. In October, 2008, the PPP hosted a conference on improving pregnancy outcomes for minority populations. In addition, Partnership members continue to work on improving pregnancy outcomes and the delivery of obstetrical care in the Commonwealth.
Keywords: Healthy Start, Infant health, MCH services, Maternal health, Pennsylvania, Pregnancy, State initiatives