Spectrum Health MOMS program celebrates 25 years


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A program that has helped thousands of women and babies is celebrating 25 years in Kent County.

MOMS, a Spectrum Health Healthier Communities program, stands for mothers offering mothers support.

The program helps Medicaid-eligible women in Kent County have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

The staff provides advice, support, access to programs and resources for women in need.

MOMS is part of a statewide effort to reduce the infant mortality rate in Michigan.

In 2002 there were 8.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. That number has since dropped to 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The MOMS program works to help women have healthy babies.

“We go into their home where we can understand their lifestyle and the barriers they have to achieve their goals and we work with them; we have nurses, social workers, a dietician on staff,” MOMS Program Supervisor Susan Henning said.

Ken Fawcett, the vice president for Healthier Communities, said the program has real results.

“Our biggest challenge is enrollment,” Fawcett said. “We have very effective programming that makes a big difference in the lives of people.”

The program helps 1,000 women and babies every year.

To learn more about MOMS, call 616.391.8601 or email MOMSprogram@spectrumhealth.org.

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