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Niagara County Department of Health Receives $15,000 Award for Maternal and Child Health Outcomes

Author: Jacquelyn Langdon/Monday, December 18, 2017/Categories: Health

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The Niagara County Department of Health has been awarded a $15,000 Maternal and Child Health “Hot Spots” Grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. The grant will fund a project to improve maternal and child health by focusing on birth outcomes and children’s physical and emotional development. The project will focus on women of childbearing age and children ages 0-5 who reside in the City of Niagara Falls, more specifically, zip codes 14301, 14303 and 14305. “This project is another great example of how the Niagara County Department of Health actively works with communities to protect and advance the health and quality of life of women and children,” stated Daniel Stapleton, Public Health Director.


The grant will support the “Positive Pregnancy and Parenting Project” which will begin in early 2018. “The Positive Pregnancy and Parenting Project will provide the opportunity to work with community members in gaining the knowledge, skills and resources needed to empower mothers in making positive choices in both pregnancy and parenting,” stated Elise Pignatora, Director of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness. The Niagara County Department of Health will offer a several week series workshop in Niagara Falls to include topics such as breastfeeding, safe sleep, lead screening and prevention, chronic disease reduction, developmental screening for young children, family spacing, positive parenting and stress reduction. Topics are aligned with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 2020 goals and other indicators for the target population. Health department subject matter experts as well as local community partners will present each session.  “We are working collaboratively, in a unified effort, to accomplish the vision of every child achieving optimal health,” stated Kathleen Cavagnaro, Director of Nursing. Participants will receive resources and information for services offered by the local health department as well as providers in their community. Incentive will be offered to participations who successfully complete the full workshop. Childcare and transportation for each of the sessions will be provided as needed.


If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the Positive Pregnancy and Parenting Project, please call the Division of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness, Elise Pignatora, Division Director, at (716) 439-7431.


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