MARCH OF DIMES PARTNERS WITH 2-1-1 TEXAS CITY OF EL PASO

MARCH OF DIMES PARTNERS WITH 2-1-1 TEXAS CITY OF EL PASO TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND EL PASO HEALTH TO LAUNCH

GO BEFORE YOU SHOW

(El Paso, TX, May 8, 2018)— March of Dimes has partnered with 2-1-1 Texas, City of El Paso Texas Department of Public Health and El Paso Health to launch “Go Before You Show,” a public education campaign that encourages women to seek medical care as soon as they think they are pregnant. This program will provide local social service agencies with a variety of resources in the form of posters, flyers and additional community support systems through the 2-1-1 Texas Helpline in order to educate women on the importance of prenatal care during their first trimester of pregnancy. This campaign is one of many that March of Dimes supports in pursuit of its mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.

From 2011 through 2014 in El Paso County, only 64% of pregnant women received prenatal care during their first trimester. Women who see a health care provider regularly during pregnancy have healthier babies, are less likely to deliver prematurely, and are less likely to have other serious problems related to pregnancy. When seen early in a pregnancy, providers can identify social issues and medical conditions and take steps for treatment and risk reduction.

Interested partnering agencies are invited to the “Go Before You Show” Community Launch on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at El Paso Health, 1145 Westmoreland Dr. at 11:30am. Agencies can RSVP to Amy Johnson-Rubio, Maternal and Child Health Director, at ajrubio@marchofdimes.org or 806-686-0307. At the launch, agencies may pick up their free educational materials to be used with their clients. Agencies will collaborate with the March of Dimes “Go Before You Show” campaign to increase the chances of meeting organizational goals of providing women who believe they might be pregnant with health-related resources during their first trimester of pregnancy.

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. It supports research, lead programs and provides education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, the March of Dimes empowers every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find them on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

The 2-1-1 Helpline provides free information and referral assistance using the most comprehensive database of social services in the community. 2-1-1 Helpline specialists are available around the clock, providing help and hope for so many women who are facing major challenges. They are a critical link to vital social service resources. No matter the problem, day or night, every day, all day, the 2-1-1 Helpline is standing by to help.

GO BEFORE YOU SHOW
El Paso Health is a local, private, non-profit organization. It is a Texas-licensed health maintenance organization (HMO) established by the El Paso County Hospital District to enter into contract with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for the purpose of improving access to medical care for STAR and CHIP members in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Johnson-Rubio, 806-686-0307

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