Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Grant helping tobacco-free program provide diapers for new moms

Thanks to a grant from Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation (OHAF), 20 local mothers will receive diapers for a year as an incentive to stay tobacco free.

The $6,480 grant from OHAF allows Cox Medical Center Branson to fully implement a Baby & Me -Tobacco Free program. Baby & Me - Tobacco Free is an evidenced-based tobacco cessation program targeted specifically at pregnant women.

“Through the Baby & Me - Tobacco Free program, we will provide counseling, support and resources to pregnant women in our community,” explains Tracey Williams, director of OB Women’s Services. “Our goal is to come alongside expectant moms, help them quit and then incentivize them to stay quit. By helping these soon-to-be moms become tobacco-free, we’ll be able to improve birth outcomes and long-term positive outcomes, for mother and baby. We are very grateful of Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation’s grant that will help us encourage moms by providing them with a much needed essential for that first year.”

“At Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation, one of our priorities is to address the critical needs of children,” says Cindy Fulp, president of OHAF. “We believe in the Branson area, there is a lot of need for a program like Baby & Me. An estimated 25 percent of pregnant women in Taney and Stone counties use tobacco and we hope, with this grant, we are able to help move that needle in the right direction.”

Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in southwest Missouri by providing support to area nonprofit agencies addressing children's critical physical, mental, and dental health needs in the Ozarks.

For more information about Baby & Me – Tobacco Free, visit babyandmetobaccofree.org or call CoxHealth Women’s Center Branson at 348-8313.