The Father's Feeling Study

MomsFirst Case Manager, Eira Yates, has made a significant contribution to the field of paternal postpartum depression. Together with her OhioGuidestone colleagues, the Yates Paternal Depression Screen was developed.

OhioGuidestone is conducting a study, The Father’s Feeling Study, to evaluate a newly created screening tool for paternal postpartum depression.  Fathers 18 years and older with a baby 0-12 months are invited to participate.  Study procedures include up to 2 home or community based appointments during which fathers will complete surveys and assessments related to their feelings around fatherhood and emotional state.  Participants will receive a $25.00 gift card, in addition to information on resources for fathers and families state-wide, and if needed- a referral for behavioral health support through local resources.

The Father’s Feelings Study will begin recruitment in January 2019.  Community organizations interested in partnering with this Study, as well as eligible participants, are encouraged to contact Brittany R. Pope at 440-260-8865 or research@ohioguidestone.org

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MomsFirst & Health Literacy

October is Health Literacy Awareness Month and MomsFirst is helping with bringing attention to this very important issue that effects everyone. Through involvement with the Health Literacy committee of the Healthy Cleveland Initiative, MomsFirst has previously trained the committee on the health-literate intervention, Baby Basics, and has received training for staff on health literacy strategies.

In this TV 20 segment, first watch Jessica Jurcak and Karen Komondor discuss health literacy and the local efforts to raise awareness. Then, Tiffany Ashley, MomsFirst Case Manager at Merrick House on TV 20, is interviewed regarding the involvement with MomsFirst.

http://www.tv20cleveland.com/healthy-cleveland-health-literacy-momsfirst/

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Leah Haslage, TV20 Program Manager/News Director with Tiffany Ashley, MomsFirst Case Manager.

Leah with Jessica Jurcak, Program Coordinator of the Healthy Cleveland Initiative and Karen Komondor, Director of Organizational Development of the Health Literacy Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

Leah with Jessica Jurcak, Program Coordinator of the Healthy Cleveland Initiative and Karen Komondor, Director of Organizational Development of the Health Literacy Institute at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

Planners: Me & My Big Ideas

Have you ever been THAT planner girl who lives and breathes all things Happy Planner? Have you ever been THAT planner girl who truly believes that planning will “lit-er-al-ly change your life!”? Have you ever been THAT planner girl who tries so desperately to get a friend or family member to start planning with you? Well, if you answered YES to all of the above just know you are not alone. The MomsFirst Adolescent Component is “planning” with their participants in the form of their 2nd annual Movie and a Plan event. This planning session was led by Ms. Valarie who is the mother to Ms. ShenettaMarie, MomsFirst Community Health Worker at the May Dugan Center.

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The Happy Planner is an expandable creative planner system that combines the love of creativity with the need for organization, and lets you add even more personalization to your planner. The MomsFirst Adolescent Component wanted to do this event to help get the participants on track with their medical visit, the baby’s immunization appointment as well as school assignments.

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The event was well attended and everyone enjoyed themselves!

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MomsFirst, Invest in Children and Belarus

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MomsFirst joined Invest in Children in a presentation on early childhood programming and disparities in infant mortality to a delegation from Belarus arranged by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.  Of particular interest to the visitors was the operation of the MomsFirst program, especially our impact in reducing infant mortality among the participants in the program.   

 

Infant Mortality Ambassador Spotlight: Alexis Davis

Infant Mortality Ambassadors are MomsFirst volunteers that choose to get involved and work toward the mission of reducing the racial disparity in infant mortality in Cleveland. Their involvement can take on many forms. We have had volunteers choose to write letters of support to our participants, come to our office and spend the day volunteering on a specific project, or share safe sleep education with their church congregation. Alexis Davis, a 2nd year medical student at Case Western Reserve University and the first in her family to graduate from college, took on a different approach. Motivated by her desire to help people from backgrounds similar to her own, but who may be lacking the access to opportunity and support that she had, Alexis decided to start an awareness campaign and coin drive at CWRU’s School of Medicine.

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Alexis graduated from Cornell University in 2015. Alexis says that she learned early on that being poor and/or a minority in America often means receiving lower quality medical care, and even as a child, she saw injustice in this. This belief has stuck with her and continues to drive her dedication to serving disadvantaged communities. Alexis indicated that the mission of MomsFirst spoke to her because our work lies at the intersection of many of the issues that she and her family have faced as people of color in America.

Alexis was very active and persistent with getting the word out about the fundraiser. It was important to her to be concise while still conveying the importance of the issue and the work that MomsFirst is doing. She reached out to all of her networks to share the fundraiser. Her efforts paid off—and then some! After the one month campaign concluded, Alexis raised $1642.88 for MomsFirst. In addition, as a result of the awareness campaign, an additional student volunteer has reached out to find out ways that she can be involved.

Alexis Davis with all of the items she was able to purchase from the MomsFirst Wishlist on Amazon.com with the money she raised in December, 2017.

Alexis Davis with all of the items she was able to purchase from the MomsFirst Wishlist on Amazon.com with the money she raised in December, 2017.

Does this inspiring story motivate you to help your community? Alexis suggests taking some time to reflect on what issues are important to you and also what skills you have that can help others. Then, research what local organizations are looking for help. Alexis says, “Everyone can be of service to their community in some way; whether it is through donating time or money”.

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MomsFirst is incredibly grateful to Alexis for being the change! Our staff and participants thank you!