Advocacy & Health Policy: CPHMC Project Successfully Works to Prevent Chronic Disease in Women and Children

Breastfeeding boot camps
at hospitals in Texas
for health care staff

The Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children Project has commenced its third and final year of the cooperative agreement funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cohort 2 of the project initiated their interventions in February 2016 and have since achieved great success with their objectives. Local WIC agencies for this Cohort include Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, Idaho, New York, Georgia, Michigan, and New Mexico.

CPHMC Sees Success

Throughout the project period, local National WIC Associations (NWA), agencies across the United States, in collaboration with their health care advisors, have successfully implemented objectives to help combat instances of chronic diseases in women and children.

The goals for the project include:

  1. Increased collaboration between national and community partners
  2. Increased community capacity to implement policy, systems, and environmental improvements
  3. Increased messages on the importance of policy, systems, and environmental improvements
  4. Increased access to environments with healthy food or beverage options in local communities
  5. Increased opportunities for chronic disease prevention and care through community and clinical linkages in local communities. 

Effective community clinical linkages have been established in the form of comprehensive referral mechanisms between providers and various community agencies. These referral systems have successfully reached over 25,000 people, and have facilitated increased access to care. Various breastfeeding initiatives have also been successfully implemented by these agencies within hospital systems and other areas. Trainings on WIC and cultural competency for health care staff  have also been executed in different clinical settings to help connect staff with WIC and the community.



Loudon County, VA have implemented lactation
rooms their County Government office, and
implemented a new breastfeeding policies

  Lactation room in Loudoun County
Government office

Cohort 2 of the project will continue their efforts through April 2017.

Visit the CPHMC website.

To learn more about the project, read about its implementation in the August 2016 edition of ACOG Rounds. 

Read about the Breastfeeding Boot Camp WIC project in Fort Worth, Texas. 



WIC 101 Trainings given to healthcare providers in Richmond, VA:
216 pediatric care providers, and 119 ob-gyns reached during
first year of project


Green RX pads created for providers in Wisconsin to refer to WIC
and other resources in the community 


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188
Mailing Address: PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-9998