The Effingham County Health Department is now participating in the Planning for Healthy Babies (P4HB) program initiated by the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH). P4HB will provide Family Planning services through the Georgia Medicaid program to women who previously did not qualify for Medicaid benefits.
The focus of the program is to improve Georgia’s low birth weight (LBW) and very low birth weight (VLBW) rates.
According to DCH, implementation of the P4HB program will impact Georgia’s families by:
• Providing family planning-related services to eligible women who meet income requirements
• Increasing child spacing intervals through effective contraceptive use
• Reducing the number of LBW and VLBW births through access to prenatal planning, health education and vitamins
• Providing access to inter-pregnancy care (IPC) services to women with a previous VLBW infant
“This is a wonderful program that will help provide services for the women who need it and simply cannot afford it,” said Cindy Grovenstein, R.N.,
Effingham County Health Department Nurse Manager.
Women must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for the program. Applications for enrollment are available online at planning4healthybabies.org and can also be picked up at the Effingham County Health Department.
For more information, visit dch.georgia.gov/p4hb or call 1-877-P4H-B101 or 1-877-744-2101.