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  • MAMA program earns national attention

    Mothers in Arizona Moving Ahead, a joint project between the Pima County Health Department (PCHD) and the Pima County Community Services Employment and Training Department, was featured in a national blog of the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI), which provided funding for the program.program

    The Health Department and CSET have been recognized for innovative approaches to assisting underserved populations. The MAMA project is guided by a 15-member coordinating team representing criminal justice, health, community development and neighborhoods, job development and libraries.

    MAMA incorporates several unique features of curriculum, training, evaluation, and volunteer support networks to create a new approach to investigating the problem of poor health and creating possible solutions with three stakeholders: mothers in poverty, healthcare professionals, and volunteers representing the wider community.

    To create sustaining support for young mothers in this project, Circles of Care supported by area volunteers or allies are being used in partnership with nonprofits and the faith-based community. Meeting monthly, these Circles increase young mothers’ resiliency and capacity to carry out their own self-designed plan for building health, financial and other resources. 

    Anyone who wishes to become allies can contact Bonnie Bazata, Pima County’s Ending Poverty Now program manager, at Bonnie.Bazata@pima.gov, 520-724-3704.

    link to blog: https://phnci.org/journal/improving-low-income-mch-through-economic-policies

    link to video: https://youtu.be/Tvi89DpNTQ0 

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