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New Peoria County Maternal and Child Health Report Released

Jan 13, 2016

  • In 2014, Peoria County had a preliminary total of 2,701 births; with the birth rate for teens being greater than state and national averages.
  • 9.3% of births were preterm deliveries (prior to 36 weeks of gestation); with certain Peoria zip codes as high as 12.4%.
  • 4 out of 5 Peoria County mothers began prenatal care within the first trimester; although 2 in 5 teens did not have early prenatal care.

At the January 11, 2016 meeting, the Peoria County Board of Health reviewed these and other statistics included in the new 2014 Peoria County Maternal and Child Health Report released by the Peoria City/County Health Department.

This is the first year for the Maternal and Child Health Report which examines preliminary birth data on various birth outcomes and characteristics of mothers.  The Report reviews data on birth weight, preterm deliveries, accessing prenatal care and teen births by maternal race, age and geographic areas.

In 2014, Peoria County as a whole had better birth outcomes than Healthy People 2020, the national health promotion and prevention initiative that provides science-based objectives in improving population health.  However, within certain Peoria County populations such as teens and African American women, birth outcomes were poorer than the rest of the county, state, and national values.

In preparing the Maternal and Child Health Report, Monica Hendrickson, Epidemiologist at the Peoria City/County Health Department, states, \"The Report helps us all see what is affecting the health of residents so, as a community, we can see where we need to improve. The health data suggests one challenge to maternal health lies in changing health behaviors such as smoking cessation and gaining early access to care during pregnancy, both of which are indicators for health outcomes. The Report is a tool that we can use to identify and develop initiatives or next steps to becoming a healthier community.\"

For more information or to schedule a presentation on the data, call 309-679-6010. To view the entire Peoria County Maternal and Child Health Report, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at www.pcchd.org.

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