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County Health Department receives grant to help Falls mothers and tots

LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Health Department was awarded a $15,000 grant for a project to improve the health of mothers and young children.

The Maternal and Child Health “Hot Spots” grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York will fund a project to improve birth outcomes and children’s physical and emotional development. It will focus on women of childbearing age and children ages 0-5  in the City of Niagara Falls, particularly ZIP codes 14301, 14303 and 14305.

The Positive Pregnancy and Parenting Project will begin in early 2018 with a series of workshops on 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.

The project will help mothers and mothers-to-be gain the knowledge, skills and resources they need to make healthy choices in both pregnancy and parenting, according to Elise Pignatora, county director of public health planning and emergency preparedness.

“We are working collaboratively ... to accomplish the vision of every child achieving optimal health,” added Kathleen Cavagnaro, county director of nursing.

Women will receive resources and information about services offered by the Health Department and others in their community, with incentives for those who complete the full workshop. Childcare and transportation will be provided as needed.

The independent private Health Foundation advocates for continuous improvement in health and health care by investing in the people and organizations that serve young children and older adults.

Call Pignatora at the county Division of Public Health Planning and Emergency Preparedness at 439-7431 for more information.


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