Dr. Amy Curtis
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Poor births occur disproportionately among women in poverty, teens and African-Americans. The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) aims to reduce poor births in Calhoun County among low-income first-time mothers; however, it was unknown if the program recruited effectively across the commuinity and whether outcomes were favorable. Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping using ArcGIS, statistical analysis of county birth records (2012), and 2013-14 NFP data were used to evaluate program recruitment and outcomes. NFP experienced no poor births to blacks or teens despite over-enrolling from these high-risk groups. GIS enables evaluators to examine NFP coverage of the at-risk community to improve program effectiveness.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
MacQuillan, Elizabeth, "Reduction of Poor Birth Outcomes among Low-Income First-Time Mothers: GIS-Assisted Analysis of the Nurse-Family Partnership" (2015). Research and Creative Activities Poster Day. 151.
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