Reducing the Maternal Smoking Rate in Adams County
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Sustainable Development Goals03 Good Health and Well-Being
Reducing the maternal smokingrate, as part of the burden of alcohol and other drug abuse, has been identified as a priority focus for the Adams County Community Health Improvement Plan. Although the county has made some progress in the past several years, the maternal smoking rate continues to be the highest in the state, and well above the national average. A renewed focus on optimizing local community-based resources, rather than reliance on the health systems, and integration of effective systems-level interventions could make a greater impact in this area. As a rural community immersed in poverty, there are many social and organizational barriers to making a positive impact on this public health concern. Through mission alignment and engagement with available community services and resources we have created an evidence-based intervention plan to effectively reduce Adams County’s maternal smoking rate. This plan also includes proven strategies for addressing larger issues of maternal health and resource support in this rural community.
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