Innovative Models of Collaboration
Maternal and Family Health Services, a provider of the WIC Nutrition Program in northeast Pennsylvania, develops community partnerships and collaborations that lead to more efficient and effective use of public funds, better customer service to WIC participants, and convenient access to other health and human services .
MFHS co-locates WIC Nutrition Centers with maternity, reproductive health, cancer screenings, and nurse-home visitation programs, and recently moved a WIC Nutrition Center into a Community Health Hub that includes a patient centered medical home. By co-locating with the Community Health Hub, WIC participants have access to health services that are affordable, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive. Co-locating WIC with other providers is an example of service integration and coordination that improves access and referral to health care while promoting the health and well-being of the women and children we serve through WIC.
In addition, MFHS is collaborating with primary care physicians and private foundations to implement Healthy Habits Together: Pediatric Weight Management Medical Nutrition Therapy Program. This prepares MFHS for the changes we can expect with implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the potential for expansion of nutrition education and breastfeeding expertise beyond the traditional WIC encounter.