MHP Salud’s Doula Program provided perinatal education and support to at-risk expectant mothers in Cameron County, Texas. One-hundred percent of the program’s participants began breastfeeding their newborns within the first 48 hours of childbirth– much higher than the rate of 15.1 percent for the general population in the region during a similar time period.
MHP Salud’s Program Coordinators used to spend hours each week coding and entering data submitted on paper forms until the organization equipped each of its Community Health Workers with a smartphone enabled with data collection software. The new process improves workflow and saves time. Further, the smartphones save time and resources for Community Health Workers, who can access and share health information with program participants while in the field.
The Affordable Care Act identified Community Health Workers as a key solution for improving health and health care while reducing costs. MHP Salud has used its 30-plus years of experience with the Community Health Worker model to develop new applications for Community Health Workers within the changing health care environment. MHP Salud shares its experiences with the greater health care community through affordable training and technical assistance.