Program to Improve Maternal and Infant Health in New Jersey

The Foundation's Program to Improve Maternal and Infant Health in New Jersey was designed to support new efforts within the State to improve maternal, perinatal, and infant care.This project's purpose is to demonstrate the effectiveness of intensive medical and social services in improving pregnancy outcomes and reducing the infant mortality rate of high-risk, low-income women in New Jersey. The principal objective under this project is to improve perinatal outcome in the region through a cooperative effort of health care providers, community organizations, and government. Specific objectives for Trenton are to reduce the number of women and children lost to care by 10 percent in year 1 and by 25 percent in years 2, 3, and 4; and to increase the average number of prenatal and newborn visits per client by 5 percent in year 1 and by 10 percent in years 2, 3, and 4. It's expected that by 1992 6 percent of white and 10 percent of black infants in Trenton will be LBW and the infant mortality rate will be 12/1000 live births. For New Brunswick, 4.48 percent of white and 9.2 percent of black infants will be LBW. It is also expected that 80 percent of VLBW births in the region will occur in the specialized perinatal center. The main strategies are to increase early enrollment in prenatal care, POPRAS implementation in all consortia institutions by the end of year 2, case management expansion, counsel, high-risk infant follow-up, parent and provider education expansion.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $714,598.00

Awarded on: 5/12/1988

Time frame: 6/1/1988 - 5/31/1991

Grant Number: 13504


John T. Harrigan
Project Director