In September 2016, Healthy Women, Healthy Futures – Oklahoma, a replication of Healthy Women, Healthy Futures, was awarded a $27,000 18-month grant by the Oklahoma March of Dimes to help address Tulsa County’s premature birth rate by assisting women to improve their pre-pregnancy health. The program will be offered in collaboration with the Hutcherson Family YMCA at 1120 E. Pine Street in North Tulsa. HWHF-OK’s mission is to improve the protective factors and diminish the health risks of women of so that any future pregnancies will result in healthy outcomes for both mothers and their children.
Women residing in Tulsa County are at higher risk of experiencing a stillbirth or fetal loss, premature birth and/or death of their child before one year of age than most other women in Oklahoma or the nation. Tulsa County recently received a grade of “F” (11.7% preterm birth rate) from the March of Dimes on the 2015 Premature Birth Report Card compared to Oklahoma’s “C” grade (10.3%). Oklahoma and Tulsa County statistics consistently demonstrate that the poor health of women of childbearing age (18-44 years) prior to pregnancy is the major contributor to premature births, stillbirths, infant deaths, and significantly impacts maternal mortality and maternal birth complications. Tulsa County ZIP codes with the highest percent of premature births are concentrated in North Tulsa.
December 2016: Healthy Women, Healthy Futures-Oklahoma (HWHF-OK) was awarded a $60,000 grant by Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, a program of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. While HWHF’s focus in on women’s pre-pregnancy health in order to prevent poor maternal and infant birth outcomes, by reaching mothers HWHF shares several of the Healthy Families, Healthy Kids goals. These goals include improving the health children and their families through disease prevention, physical activity, nutrition, disease management and supporting safe environments.
The March of Dimes has established an ambitious set of goals to reduce preterm birth rates in the U.S. to 8.1% by 2020 and 5.5% by 2030. Achieving these goals will result in an estimated 1.3 million fewer babies born preterm between 2014 and 2030 and an associated savings of $67 billion in health and societal costs. To achieve these goals, March of Dimes will focus efforts on a roadmap of emerging and established interventions known to decrease premature births and fund research into the causes and prevention of preterm birth.
February 2017 Dr. Su Phipps, HWHF-OK program director, was honored with The Women of the Year – Pinnacle Award on Feb. 24, given by the YWCA Tulsa in partnership with the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Phipps is being honored for her transformative work with the Healthy Women, Healthy Futures-Oklahoma project toward eliminating racism and empowering women. The legacy of the Pinnacle Awards is reflected in women who are role models in their professions, take risks on behalf of others, perform community service and advocate for women’s issues and concerns.
Tulsa County has an 11.7% preterm birth rate compared to Oklahoma’s statewide rate of 10.3%, earning Tulsa an “F” grade and Oklahoma a “C”grade in the March of Dimes 2015 Premature Birth Report Card.
The 18-month grant will provide a greater concentration of efforts at the Hutcherson YMCA in North Tulsa. HWHF-OK’s comprehensive program consists of:
It is anticipated that participants will share what they learn and experience in the program with their current children and other family members, which will positively impact their health and that of future generations.
Our vision is to impact the culture of health of women and future generations. Our mission is to improve the health of non-pregnant, at-risk women living in poverty by increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors that diminish health, should they become pregnant again. Women and their future children will experience the best possible birth outcomes, preferably term births (37-42 weeks gestation) at a normal birth weight for gestational age. In addition, it is anticipated that the education and changed lifestyle of the mother will “trickle down” to improve the health of her current family.
The poor health of women of childbearing age (18-44 years) prior to pregnancy is the major contributor to premature births, stillbirths, infant deaths, and significantly impacts maternal mortality and maternal birth complications.