Selected strategies are those aimed at women who experience significant barriers to accessing services due to particular challenges that they face. Examples of these barriers include: living with poverty; language barriers; recent immigrant or refugee status; limited access to health, housing, or other resources; and food insecurity. These realities can leave women and their families with unmet care needs resulting in poor pregnancy outcomes.1,2
We are working in a partnership with community-based organizations in Edmonton and the rural area outside of Calgary to identify strategies that help to promote healthy pregnancies and meet the diverse needs of the women that these organizations serve.
We've worked with two community-based organizations and have learned from women participating in programs, as well as from service providers.
Some of the work with immigrant and refugee women from East Africa has been presented at local and national research conferences. A recent publication summarizing the findings of this work can be found here and in the Publications section below.
Work with women and care providers from rural Alberta will be posted once it has been shared.
Stay tuned to hear about what strategies we implement and evaluate in collaboration with these community-based organizations.
1Goodrich K, Cregger M, Wilcox S, Liu J. A Qualitative Study of Factors Affecting Pregnancy Weight Gain in African American Women. Matern Child Health J 2012.
2 Groth SW, Morrison‐Beedy D, Meng Y. How pregnant African American women view pregnancy weight gain. Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG 2012;41:798‐808.