Pregnancy Notification Program
CDPHP’s pregnancy notification program identifies pregnant members to connect them to resources that support a healthy pregnancy, including breastfeeding support, healthy eating, staying active during pregnancy, mental health support, and the importance of prenatal and postpartum care. The program links pregnant members to the CDPHP Care Team, comprised of specially trained professionals including nurses, dietitians, and licensed social workers, to provide 1-on-1 support to individuals with high-risk conditions and resources to reduce barriers to a healthy pregnancy. This includes assisting members with arranging transportation for medical appointments, obtaining necessary pregnancy and baby supplies, finding and applying for affordable housing, and applying for applicable benefits such as WIC.
In 2022, CDPHP expanded the program, partnering with Ovia Health, a clinically-backed, digital health platform, to support members by providing personalized guidance, robust educational content and unlimited access to the Ovia Health coaching team. Compared to families not using the platform, Ovia Health reports: a 28% reduction in dangerous and costly preterm delivery and NICU stays; a 15% reduction in c-sections; and an 18% reduction in preeclampsia. Following delivery, 92% infant vaccination adherence and a 31% increase in perinatal mental health treatment utilization were reported.
During the summer of 2022, CDPHP forged a partnership with the local not-for-profit organization Grassroot Givers to bring two “book bikes” to events across the City of Albany. With the support of CDPHP, Grassroot Givers’ book bikes are earth-friendly “mobile libraries” that pedal to local neighborhoods and events to share books and promote literacy and book ownership. The goal of the program is to ensure kids continue reading over the summer and avoid the so-called summer reading slump. The book bikes are also be equipped with toothbrushes, toothpaste and educational information on oral health, courtesy of Delta Dental. These are the first bikes of this kind in the Capital Region, making visits to Albany Department of Recreation Playstreets events each Friday, as well as several other camps, parks, and even splash pads. To date, Grassroot Givers has shared more than half a million books with people in the Albany.