It Takes a Village: Giving our babies the best chance

This product was developed by the Utah Office of Health Disparities (OHD), Utah Department of Health (UDOH).

This project was supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Utah Department of Health through funding from the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to the States (6B04MC31520-01-02), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 2015-2017.

This project was made possible by previous efforts funded by the State Partnership Grant to Improve Minority Health (Grant # 6 STTMP131088-01-02) from the Office of Minority Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 2013-2015.

This project was also made possible by previous efforts funded by the Utah Department of Health Office of Home Visiting and Community Health Centers, Inc.

Project coorindator: Brittney Okada, MPH, CHES (UDOH Office of Health Disparities)
Project assistant: Lavinia Taumoepeau-Latu (UDOH Office of Health Disparities)

Contributors from the Office of Health Disparities
Dulce Díez, MPH, MCHES
Christine Espinel
Glory Stanton

Contributors from the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Birth Outcomes Advisory Committee
Joyce Ah You (The Queen Center)
Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C
Karen Sime-Toutai
Kawehi Au, MD
Lisia Satini (Children’s Service Society)
Nickee Palacios, MS, CHES (UDOH Maternal and Infant Health Program)
O. Fahina Tavake-Pasi, MS (National Tongan American Society)
Susanna Lindeman, MACL (UDOH Office of Home Visiting)
Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou (Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources)

Cultural adviser
Tēvita O. Ka‛ili, Ph.D., (Brigham Young University-Hawai‛i, Department of Culture and History)

Additional contributors
Amy-Rose White, LCSW
Deborah M. Ellis, MS, CNM
Ivoni Nash (National Tongan American Society)
Jacob Fitisemanu, Jr., MPH (UDOH Health Clinics of Utah)
Julie Drake, RN, MSN
Paola Vélez, MBA, RDN, CD
Siope Kinikini, LCMHC
Tami Hansen

Special thanks
Many thanks to the countless community members who took part in the project as facilitators and participants. Each provided valuable feedback throughout its implementation and evaluation.

April 2018
Utah Department of Health
Office of Health Disparities
(801) 538-6775

Any reproduction or use of the concepts or materials shall cite the Utah Department of Health Office of Health Disparities as the source.

Suggested citation: Office of Health Disparities (2018). It Takes a Village: Giving our babies the best chance. Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Department of Health.

Disclaimer: The contents of this manual are intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your physician for any medical treatment specific to your personal needs.


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