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and community services. Montgomery County
established a county-wide network of health and
human services providers to encourage collaboration
and promote effectiveness in the delivery of
services and efficiencies for nonprofits serving the
community. This network includes hospitals, county
government, philanthropy, clinical behavioral health
agencies, community service organizations, faithbased organizations, law enforcement, schools and
state representatives. Its unique structure allows the
county to interact with hundreds of social service
agencies and clinical agencies in a quick, effective and
inclusive manner.
4. Maternal and Early Childhood Consortium
(MECC): It is a collaborative effort between
Montgomery County human service agencies and
private, nonprofit agencies that provide home-visiting
services to families, pregnant women, and children
up to age three. The purposes of the consortium are
to collaboratively bring awareness, education, and
link the community to the many effective home
visiting resources available in Montgomery County.
The MECC believes that a collaborative prevention
approach can lead to families receiving the support
they need, which will in turn promote positive birth
outcomes, family stability, and healthier communities.
For more information on the MECC, please visit
5. The Montgomery County Health Department
(MCHD): MCHD also offers two nurse home
visiting programs to pregnant women, new mothers,
new fathers and their babies who might want a little
extra help. They are the Nurse-Family Partnership®
(NFP) program and the Maternal-Child Health
Home Visiting program, also known as the Title V
program. Both programs are for Montgomery County
residents and are free. For more information on these
evidence-based nurse home visiting programs, please
visit . MCHD also offers the Cribs for
Kids program. This is a free program for low-income
families to provide education on safe sleep and a safe
and separate environment for their infants under
nine months old in the form of a pack-n-play crib.
This program exists to hopefully prevent infant
deaths that are related to unsafe sleep environments,
such as SIDS, unintended injuries (e.g. suffocation),
and roll-over deaths related to co-sleeping. For
more information on the Cribs for Kids Program
in Montgomery County, please visit http://www.
If you have any questions or would like to know more
about any of these programs, call Ailene Keys, Maternal
Child Health Program Coordinator, at 610-278-5117 or

Role for MCMS and Physician
Community in Reducing Infant Mortality
With more than 1,000 members, MCMS is an extremely
critical stakeholder for reducing infant mortality. Physicians
must continue to take a lead role in shaping modern health
care delivery. As the MCMS president so pointedly noted
in the recent Fall issue of MCMS Physician, "the physician is
the ultimate voice and patient advocate." MCHD recognizes
the value and importance of engaging with MCMS to
realize population health improvements, including those
in IMR. These improvements can accrue by leveraging its
membership's reach and established connections with county
residents at individual and household levels.

Collaborations Are Critical
The leadership from both MCMS and MCHD has
already embarked upon strategic cooperation aimed at
addressing MCMS members' practices and various MCHD
programs that target population health in general and IMR
in particular. The future collaboration envisages engagement
of MCMS membership in referring high-risk clients, and
community-based health education and communication
on joint activities. MCHD and MCMS are both critical
stakeholders in this endeavor and their collaboration and
cooperation will go a long way in lowering IMR and
mitigating racial and ethnic disparities in Montgomery
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