SM& healthcare client Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) recently teamed up with Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation to host the New Moms Health and Wellness Event in Lawrence, MA. The event was organized to educate and empower new mothers by creating a friendly and relaxed environment where women could get information about taking care of their health and their child’s health, both before and after their baby is born. More than 1,000 women were offered free health screenings, perinatal and wellness workshops, and information on nutrition, doctors’ visits, health insurance, and childcare.

In 2012, NHP identified a disparity in the rate of Latina women who have the recommended postpartum checkup 3-6 weeks after delivery and a similar disparity in well-child checkups to ensure infants and children are healthy in their first 15 months of life. NHP provides personalized, high-quality and affordable health care coverage for individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth.

Many local organizations supported the event, including Food for the World, YWCA, MSPCC, Lawrence WIC, City of Lawrence, Mayor's Health Task Force, and Greater Lawrence Community Action Council. Support was provided in part through a training and technical assistance grant award to NHP from Harvard Pilgrim Foundation’s Culture InSight program.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this important event possible.