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Linking Actions for Healthy
Mothers & Babies (LAHMB) Program

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The Linking Actions for Healthy Mothers & Babies (LAHMB) program in Gila County, Arizona, is funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).

The primary objective of the program is to reduce the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS),  a withdrawal condition that affects newborns exposed to drugs in the womb, causing them to experience a range of physical and neurological symptoms.

 

With a multi-dimensional approach across the preconception, prenatal, and post-partum continuum, LAHMB will employ best practice methods to engage, educate, and coordinate services for stakeholders who are at-risk of substance abuse, as well as those who are pregnant and/or parenting throughout Gila County. 

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Program Overview

Focus Area

  • Enhance healthcare coordination and delivery to rural/underserved populations

Target Population

  • Young pregnant and parenting families residing in Gila County, Arizona

    • Gila County is a HRSA-designated rural service area

Consortium Partnerships

Our program brings together a diverse range of partners, including:

  • Gila County - Globe

    • Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center

    • Hope Family Care Center

    • Gila County Sheriff’s Office

    • Copper Hills Family Advocacy Center

    • GILA House, Inc

  • Payson

    • Community Bridges Behavioral Health

  • San Carlos

    • Izze Baa Gowqh, San Carlos Apache Healthcare System

    • Nnee Bich’o Nii Department

    • Public Transit & TANF

Arizona Youth Partnership Employs
Evidence-Based and Promising Practice Models

We employ various evidence-based and promising practices, such as:

  • InJoy Comprehensive Understanding Birth Childbirth Curriculum

  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Framework

  • Motivational Interviewing Best Practices

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Questionnaire

Expected Outcomes

Through the LAHMB Consortium, our goals include:

  • Reducing the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

  • Employing a multi-dimensional approach across the preconception, prenatal, and post-partum continuum

  • Engaging, educating, and coordinating services for at-risk individuals and pregnant/parenting families across Gila County

  • Focusing on serving Native American women, especially those living on-Reservation

  • Improving early identification and intervention for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) among pregnant women and mothers

  • Enhancing labor and delivery practices for mothers with SUD

  • Improving postpartum support for mothers and babies

  • Enhancing outreach and education on healthy pregnancy, parenting, and SUD disease prevention

  • Improving coordinated and uniform data collection procedures among providers

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AZYP's LAHMB initiative represents a significant leap forward in enhancing healthcare coordination and delivery to young pregnant and parenting families in the region.
Contact:
Sara Sherman
520.744.9595

SaraS@AZYP.org
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