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Community Health

Woman's for Community Health

Woman’s has always made the health of the community it serves a priority, from comprehensive health education to outreach such as our mobile mammography service. Now, the hospital has developed an in-depth view of community health needs that will help target its efforts even more precisely to the needs of the people of Baton Rouge and beyond.

Community Health Assessment

Woman’s has developed its Community Health Assessment in collaboration with other area providers and the Mayor-President’s HealthyBR initiative. The assessment includes demographic and service area information, as well as a description of the process that led Healthy BR to recommend key health priorities for East Baton Rouge Parish.

Woman’s then expanded on HealthyBR’s work to add health assessment of its primary service area that includes East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes. It describes a variety of initiatives and services developed by Woman’s to address community health needs. The report details Woman’s Community Health Goals for 2013, also listed below.

Woman’s Community Health Goals for FY 2013

Woman’s has developed community health goals that are approved annually by the hospital’s management team, reported to the Board of Directors based on community health priorities as described above and monitored quarterly by a team of participating staff.

Goals for FY 2013 include:

Prevent perinatal HIV transmission through continuing case management of HIV-positive mothers, including implementation of rapid-test technology in the Assessment Center.
Measure: perinatal HIV transmission in our population
Provide each adult woman subjected to sexual assault with dignified professional care and seek opportunities for prevention of sexual assault by coordination with other community providers.
Measure: number of women receiving care; participation in at least three community activities in partnership with the Stop Rape Crisis Center and other organizations

Prevent and reduce obesity, especially among women and children, through increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, education; and striving to be among the city’s healthiest workforces through food choices in the hospital, wellness coaching and other strategies.
Measure: breastfeeding initiation and duration rates; results from the hospital’s workforce wellness effort

Develop and distribute information concerning preconception planning and pregnancy spacing, both hospital-provided and in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to improve birth outcomes.
Measure: patient encounters per the state’s plan. Long term measure: percentage of very low birth weight and low birth weight babies in our service area

The actions, measures and results of these goals will be reported quarterly to the hospital’s management team and as requested by the Mayor-President’s HealthyBR initiative.

Let us know what you think!  If you have comments and questions, please email us, or call (225) 924-8101.

Performance will be updated as new data become available.

The Gift of Giving

The challenges affecting women and babies in our community and state are staggering. There are many ways to support the work, such as an Annual Fund gift, which provides vital support that allows Woman’s Hospital to offer programs designed to meet the immediate, critical needs of women and babies. Together, we can continue to provide needed healthcare services to our community. Contribute to the Annual Giving Fund online now >>