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Guilford County Public Health Awarded Additional Grant from the North Carolina Office of Rural Health to Provide Prenatal Care (Health Information)

Post Date:07/17/2018

In July 2017, the Guilford County Department of Public Health experienced budget reductions in their maternal health services budget from one of their outside funding agencies. To compensate, the NC Office of Rural Health provided an immediate opportunity for the Health Department to apply for up to $150,000 funding to supplement the cost of care for women who were seeking prenatal care, but lacked health insurance. The North Carolina Office of Rural Health awards grant funding that assists underserved communities and populations with innovative strategies for improving access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

 Many uninsured women wait to start prenatal care due to lack of funds or are waiting to see if they are eligible for Medicaid. This could delay prenatal care well into the second trimester. Therefore, the grant award of $150,000 from the NC Office of Rural Health awarded to the Health Department for the 2018-19 fiscal year will allow the Department to continue providing prenatal care for uninsured pregnant women receiving care at the Guilford County Health Department. The health department’s traditional prenatal care and the newer innovative CenteringPregnancy® group prenatal care has attracted many women earlier in their pregnancies. Care is also provided on a sliding fee scale for easier access for various income levels. Grant funding has provided the opportunity for the department to promote the program by utilizing billboard advertising in Guilford County.  Free or low cost early prenatal care is available for all pregnant women at both Guilford County Public Health locations, 1100 East Wendover Avenue in Greensboro or 501 East Green Drive in High Point.

 For more information about these grants or how to obtain early prenatal care, call the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division at 336-641-7777, or 336-641-3712.