Integra Community Care Network and the Flourish Fund announce an innovative community-based program for parents-to-be to improve health outcomes and equity for pregnant patients. The maternal wellness program will connect eligible families to a range of resources, including community-based providers, online education, and a “wellness essentials” care package to support them during pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood.
This first-of-its-kind program will initially be offered to patients of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center (OGCC) at Women & Infants Hospital who are also members of Integra’s Medicaid Accountable Entity program.
“Integra is committed to finding innovative ways to help our members meet their healthcare needs,” said John Minichiello, president of Integra Community Care Network. “We’re excited to partner on this initiative and to provide a new level of maternity care in the community.”
The goal of this wellness program is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes such as c-section rates, breastfeeding rates, pre-term birth rates, NICU and emergency department utilization, mental health, patient satisfaction, and self-efficacy.
The Flourish Fund will help match eligible patients to a choice of appropriate community-based doulas based on patient preferences including preferred language. Enrolled members can receive doula support during their pregnancy, birth and up to six months postpartum. In addition, patients will receive access to monthly education in the form of live webinars as well as videos and articles by national and local experts, in both English and Spanish. All enrolled patients will also receive a parent and baby “wellness essentials” care package.
Integra Community Care Network has partnered with the Flourish Fund to help refer patients to culturally and linguistically appropriate birth and postpartum independent community-based doulas participating in the program.
“The Flourish Fund is excited to partner on this innovative model of maternity care that extends support beyond the clinic and into the community. Partnerships like this provide families access to a unique combination of education, tools, and the right support system from pregnancy through postpartum.” said Melissa Bowley, CEO & Founder of Flourish Fund
The program is directly funded by Integra as part of its Medicaid AE program. The program will be available at no cost to members who enroll.
About Integra Community Care Network
Integra represents a new way to provide a better patient experience, better health care, and—most important—better health.
Integra Community Care Network is comprised of Care New England Health System, Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation, and South County Health. This includes Butler Hospital, Care New England Medical Group, Kent Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, The Providence Center, VNA of Care New England, South County Hospital, South County Health Medical & Wellness Centers, and South County Home Health.
Learn more at www.integracare.org.
About Flourish Fund
The Flourish Fund was started with a vision to fill the gap in maternal healthcare and make wellness accessible to all families. The Flourish Fund is the only platform that brings together evidence-based community providers, products, education, and payers to improve maternal health outcomes. Its network of wellness experts offer online and in-person services such as doula support, newborn care, childbirth education, pre and post-natal fitness and much more. Expecting parents can also have friends and family contribute funds towards these curated services and products through The Flourish Fund’s innovative baby registry. Flourish Fund is a part of Flourish Collective Inc.
Learn more at https://www.theflourishfund.com/
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology, and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the ninth-largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,700 deliveries per year. Women & Infants is a Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, a U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology, and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranked number 11 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Medical Schools specialty ranking.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence in Perinatal Biology and in Reproductive Health by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology, and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network, Neonatal Research Network, and Pelvic Floors Disorders Network, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.