By: Anna-Maria Roaché, Senior Program Manager
On March 31st 2017, ACOG had the great privilege of presenting at the SOPHE 68th Annual Meeting! ACOG submitted an abstract entitled: Building Community Clinical Linkages: WIC Strengthens Provider Relationships. ACOG, along with other national partners which included: The American Heart Association, and the American Planning Association presented at the session entitled: Partnering4Health: The Power of A National Collaborative In Reducing Chronic Disease. Presentations highlighted project successes for sub recipients as well as how WIC and ACOG have effectively strengthened provider relationships through our community based project. We highlighted specific project successes, which included the successful inclusion of the CPHMC Project in the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s (ABOG), Maintenance of Certification process (MOC), as well as Breastfeeding Bootcamps, lactation rooms and support programs, non-pharmaceutical prescriptions and WIC 101 trainings.
After the presentations, there was time built in for questions and answers, our presentation received a lot of interest, as many participants did not know what community clinical linkages were or what the WIC program entailed. This was a great opportunity to connect with other organizations and share best practices with others who are working to implement similar initiatives. The conference overall highlighted various areas of public health and included sessions regarding minority health, health equity, health promotion, and chronic disease prevention. There were also several round table sessions which touched on health literacy, health insurance, faith based interventions, food access and nutrition, and global health. We are looking forward to many more opportunities to share our work and the great work of our sub-recipients!