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Overview

The intent and purpose of this program is specifically to improve the maternal and child health of the population it serves by reducing what are major disparities in health, particularly antenatal health care in an effort to reduce disparate rates of premature births, perinatal losses and infant deaths. Among these disparities is a lack of awareness of local healthcare facilities offering maternal and child health care services including prenatal care, a lack of understanding of the need for pre-natal care, albeit early care, the late diagnosis, recognition and acceptance of one’s pregnancy embarrassment and denial, and perhaps, we hypothesize, shame, diminished self worth and dignity and a feeling of isolation without a place or professional to turn to for immediate care, counseling and advocacy. Families without access to healthcare feel vulnerable and disenfranchised. These families must enter and be embraced by a healthcare system. By providing not only a significant awareness to the need for inter-conception and pre-natal care, but advocacy and personalized direction for this population at risk, such dignity and self worth can be realized, privacy and confidentiality assured, and through the Get The Heath Care You Deserve© program of Maternl©, personalized referrals can be given to women to present at a healthcare facility so they will know there is an organization advocating for their health. This organization, Maternl, a program of Hygeia Health Systems, LLC, was established in 1995 as the Hygeia Foundation, Inc., a trusted non-profit organization with a membership of more than 30,000 families, world-wide, which provided local and online bereavement support, information and advocacy for families who have incurred the devastation of perinatal loss and infant death. The Hygeia Foundation, Inc. was dissolved in 2102 and Hygeia Health Systems, LLC is now reintroducing several programs to improve a mother’s health and reduce perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality.

Through this portal, Get The Heath Care You Deserve© provides the user with easy access to a database of geographic-specific Federally Funded Clinics where Maternal and Child Health Services linked throough HHS.gov, and Global Centers of Excellence where prenatal and delivery care can be given. The user obtains a personalized letter of referral from the Maternl an d Hygeia Health Ststems, LLC which introduces them to their health care facility as one who needs help, much like a private patient would have a letter of referral to a doctor from another doctor. The service is free of charge to those who wish to use it and can be easily linked to local and regional social services so the families can have their support as well. The primary entry point into the system is through the Internet portal http://maternl.org / http://maternl.com or by a soon to be introduced “Maternl Passbook.” This will be distributed at markets, fast food chains, pharmacies, laundromats, and other retail venues. The user can go to a public library, school, church, community center etc. (if no internet access is available at home) and be assisted in accessing the Get The Heath Care You Deserve program. The program serves a parallel purpose in narrowing the disparities of the “digital divide” and the disparities in access to healthcare.

Educational Objective:
Fetal and infant mortality rates have decreased dramatically over the last century with improvements in sanitation, nutrition, infant feeding, and maternal and child health care, although the decline has been slower in recent years. However, disparities in the risk of infant death remain. Black and Hispanic teens are more than twice as likely as white teens to mother a child before the age of 20. The infant mortality rate for children born to teen mothers is about 50 percent higher than that for those born to women older than 20. One third of pregnant teens receive inadequate prenatal care; babies born to young mothers are more likely to be low-birthweight, to have childhood health problems and to be hospitalized than are those born to older mothers. It is the educational objective of the Get The Heath Care You Deserve© program to emphasize the need and necessity for health promotion, health prevention, inter-conception care, pre-conception care and early pre-natal care to bring underserved and vulnerable families into the healthcare system, inspiring respect, self-esteem, self-worth and dignity.Problem
  • Over 43 million people in the United States lack access to primary health care.
  • The infant mortality rate for children born to teen mothers is about 50 percent higher than that for those born to women older than 20.
  • 1/3 of pregnant teens receive inadequate prenatal care; babies born to young mothers are more likely to be low-birth-weight, to have childhood health problems and to be hospitalized than are those born to older mothers.
  • 11% of Hispanic teens, 10% of black teens, and 4% of white teenagers gave birth
  • Blacks and Hispanics are more than twice as likely as white teens to mother a child before the age of 20.

    Summary
    Get The Heath Care You Deserve©
  • addresses women and families who have no healthcare provider thus addresses the disparities in access to maternal and child health in an effort to reduce prematurity and perinatal / neonatal / infant mortality.
  • refers and directs users of the program to a Health Care Facility/System locally in their neighborhood.
  • provides a letter of referral and introduction to the Health Care Facility which advocates for the facility to provide care for the bearer of the letter.
  • improves the healthcare of these user-families by emphasizing health promotion, health prevention, inter-conception care, pre-conception care, early pre-natal care, and providing them with a primary healthcare provider/facility.
  • inspires respect, self-esteem, self worth and dignity by making the user of the system feel they are part of a global, credible and caring "community" and a referral source which will act as advocate for their healthcare needs.