Pathways HUB is free for pregnant women in Lorain County.
LCCAA’s Pathways HUB is a free program for pregnant women in Lorain County. Community Health Workers (CHWs) assist pregnant women throughout their pregnancy and up to their child’s first birthday.
Using a network of community care coordination agencies, the HUB focuses on African American women, or anyone at risk, in Lorain County with the goals of:
- Improving birth outcomes
- Eliminating disparities in infant mortality
- Reducing low birth weight and pre-term births
- Addressing the social determinants that affect maternal and child health
Infant mortality statistics record babies who die before their first birthdays. Ohio and the United States as a whole have startlingly high infant mortality rates, particularly among the African American population.
Causes of infant mortality include pre-term births, low birth weight, and more. Risk factors can result from the level of care a mother has access to when she is pregnant. Improving access to health care and making other connections is where the HUB assists.
The Pathways HUB partners with local health care providers. Knowledgeable, trained and experienced Community Health Workers (CHWs) work with pregnant women. Outcomes are reported and recorded by LCCAA. CHWs can help mothers:
· Navigate the healthcare system for moms and infants.
· Obtain a car seat, crib or other babies items.
· Understand insurance benefits
· Connect with available community and social resources to assist with food, transportation, employment and more.
The HUB is designed to find, reach and serve those who need help the most. By addressing key health or social issues, the HUB works to transform our community to achieve equity. Together we will reduce the alarming rate of infant mortality.
If you are a pregnant woman in need of help or a health care organization interested in partnering with the Pathways HUB, contact Nina Brooks at [email protected] or 440-457-0375.
Click here to complete a referral form for yourself or a pregnant friend or family member.