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Healthy Me, Healthy Babies

You've heard the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." We believe it takes a city. That's why Healthy Me, Healthy Babies has collaborated with local medical care professionals, Community Health Workers, UT Health Center Staff, NET Health Employees, local non-profits, and the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide quality resources to women of all seasons of life.

In 2014, March of Dimes met with Net Health to discuss statistics and how we can improve the birthrate and health of moms and babies in East Texas. Net Health received the Texas Healthy Mothers and Babies Grant in 2015, which funds the Healthy Me, Healthy Babies coalition. We met for the first time soon afterward. Since then, the coalition has expanded its membership and began to focus on pre-conception education, reducing disparities, and conducting a needs assessment.

Our focused objectives have one primary purpose—to increase the birthrate by improving the health of moms and babies in East Texas. Our four objectives are:

  1. To raise awareness and increase engagement around the risk factors that negatively impact pregnancies and the protective factors that support healthy pregnancies across East Texas.
  2. To collaborate with coalition members and prioritize care for pregnant and postpartum women.
  3. To address system policies that have been identified as impediments to maternal and infant health.
  4. To improve women’s mental health and wellness in East Texas.

The Healthy Me, Healthy Babies coalition includes membership from CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, the March of Dimes Foundation, Tyler Family Circle of Care, Tyler City Council, Smith County Medical Society, Tyler Junior College, the University of Texas at Tyler, NET Health, and individual members of the East Texas community.

We are here to help men, women, and babies in East Texas thrive. If there’s a baby in your future, even if it’s months or years from now, today matters. If you would like to learn more about partnering with us and making East Texas a safe and healthy place for moms and babies in our community, click below.

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