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Blues Project to Improve Maternal, Delivery, Child Health Outcomes
Phase II to Begin for Enrollment of 700 At-Risk
Memphis, Tenn. (July 24, 2007) – The UT Health
Science Center and BlueCross BlueShield
of Tennessee have extended their collaboration on The Blues Project, a clinic-
and home-based social intervention program, to positively affect health
outcomes for at-risk mothers and their babies.
Open enrollment begins for Phase II of The Blues Project in mid-August. The initiative is designed to help improve
maternal, fetal and pediatric outcomes in
“Beginning in August, we plan to enroll up to 760
young women in the second phase of The Blues Project,” said Kimberly Lamar, PhD,
co-principal investigator and study coordinator in the UT Health Science Center
(UTHSC) Department of Preventive Medicine.
“We expect to enroll more than 200 women at each of the three sites,”
she stated. The three clinic locations for
Phase II of The Blues Project are: Christ Community Health Services sites at
BlueCross BlueShield of
Marion Hare, MD, a UTMG pediatrician and associate professor in Pediatrics at UTHSC, is also the principal investigator on the study. In addition, each clinic site is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals -- a registered nurse, a social worker and a community relations representative.
Results through the first two years of the pilot are positive. Highlights include early onset of prenatal care; reductions in preterm deliveries; reductions in sexually transmitted diseases and substance abuse in mothers; reductions in delivery complications and length of hospital stay; and improved social outcomes regarding education, employment and development of social support systems.
“Through our intervention, consisting of prenatal and postnatal education, the provision of social support, and linkages to resources and services within the community, we know we can achieve our ultimate goal -- to lower the incidence of premature birth and low birth weight in young, African-American women,” said Dr. Lamar.
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