Initiative Status:
Active since 2018

Led By:
Ohio WIC Program

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Ohio

Ensure families have access to adequate breastfeeding services, and experience improved health outcomes, by developing sustainable partnerships across maternal and child health organizations.

Check out what's available to state & local leaders

Initiative Status:
Active since 2016

Led By:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – Wisconsin
WIC Program and Maternal & Child Health Program

THE PROBLEM

Quality care is not accessible to all Ohio families

In some areas, quality breastfeeding and healthcare services might not exist. If quality services exist, families might not know about them. If families know about the services, they might not be able to access them at the right time or at all. If families can access the services, they might not experience the same quality of care over time.

These barriers have a large impact on families’ health outcomes, and disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), people with limited income, and rural populations.

THE CAUSES

Why is this happening?

THE INITIATIVE

Improve families’ access to care

The Ohio Community Collaboration Project focuses on improving families’ access to adequate breastfeeding services and other evidence-based maternity care practices.

Maternal and child health organizations are provided resources and support for developing sustainable partnerships that work toward improving breastfeeding rates by addressing access to services, continuity of care, and consistent messaging. State and local organizations can benefit from…

STATE PARTNER COORDINATION

What’s Available to State Leaders

Partner Profiles

Gather information about programs, reach, data sources, priority areas, funding opportunities, and local networks.

Local Network Surveys

Survey local networks to understand their needs, priorities, partnerships, successes, and progressive programming.

Landscape Analysis Report

Access a landscape analysis report that compiles statewide partner profiles with recommendations on potential priority, focus area, collaboration, and funding opportunity alignment. This opportunity is also available for regional-level programs and health systems.

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

What’s Available to Local Organizations

LOCAL PARTNER COORDINATION

Connect with local organizations

Community Match is an online dashboard that helps local organizations coordinate with other organizations. Use Community Match to…

  • Find and connect with local leaders.
  • Access resources for working together on aligned messaging.
  • Use organization profiles to share information about services with partners so they can appropriately prepare and refer families.
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LOCAL PARTNER COORDINATION & COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

Get technical assistance on building referral networks

Receive technical assistance from a community partnership coordinator on building referral networks and collaborating more efficiently across community partners. A community partnership coordinator can help you..

  • Identify potential community partners and set up collaborating meetings.
  • Learn about services, priority areas, and referral opportunities.
  • Access tools for creating consistent messaging and increasing referrals.
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COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

Learn from other communities improving access to care

Many communities have already had success improving access to care! Local leaders can share with and learn from these communities through..

  • A collaborative of communities working toward the same goals.
  • Community partnership coordinators who gather, share, and provide guidance on adapting lessons from other communities.
  • Regional sharing calls, where lessons learned are shared across states.
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TIMELINE

Partnership History

Since 2018, Coffective and the Ohio WIC Program have partnered to support community success across the state. See how our journey has evolved!

2018
2020

2018

2018

Community needs assessed through statewide surveys and reports.

State WIC leaders provided technical assistance on state and local partner coordination.

2020

2020

State partner coordination begins.

Pilot of nine local WIC agencies provided technical assistance on partner coordination.

All organizations given access to Community Match.

Peer sharing webinars conducted.

Learn more about Ohio’s initiative

Find out more about the initiatives, tools, and activities available to Ohio maternal and child health organizations.

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