Family Health & Healthy Beginnings (Pre-Conception)

Regional pre-conception work is led by the Joint Jackson and Josephine County Perinatal Task Force.  The mission of the Southern Oregon Perinatal Task Force is to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants, and young children by empowering women to make healthier choices for themselves and their babies, before, during and after pregnancy.   One of its signature accomplishments has been the Jackson/Josephine County Preconception Health campaign which promotes the One Key Question pregnancy intention screening, leading to a dramatic increase of 76% in Long Acting Reversible Contraception.  The two key projects of the Perinatal Task Force are:

One Key Question:  Southern Oregon Perinatal Task Force endorses Pregnancy Intention Screening, using the One Key Question: “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?” Whether the answer is Yes, I’m OK either way, Unsure, or No, by routinely asking women this question, providers can ensure that a greater proportion of pregnancies are wanted, planned, and as healthy as possible.

Preconception Health Project:  The purpose of the Preconception Health Project is to decrease unintended pregnancies, and to improve the health of women of childbearing age, thus improving pregnancy outcomes. Interventions are aimed at both the health systems and community levels. The Task Force is overseeing implementation of clinical preconception health preventive services, and conducting a community-wide Preconception Health Campaign.

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