Maternal health in pregnancy and beyond
Camden Delivers is our targeted chronic disease management program for women of childbearing age here in Camden, NJ. Maternal mortality rates have been rising across the country, with over 30% of maternal deaths caused by chronic disease. In Camden, nearly 35% of women are admitted to the hospital or visit the emergency department within a year of giving birth, often because of untreated chronic illness.
Camden Delivers is designed to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality in two ways:
1) Connect all women of childbearing age in our Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) to what the CDC calls “interconception care”: primary care, including chronic disease management, after a pregnancy and before they may become pregnant again.
2) Provide intensive community-based care management to women with complex health and social needs, including chronic disease, homelessness, and addiction. We tailor our care management intervention to the unique needs of women of reproductive age to include reproductive life planning and conversations about healthy pregnancy spacing.
Camden Delivers is supported by funding from Merck, through Merck for Mothers, the company’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to help create a world where no woman dies giving life. Merck for Mothers is known as MSD for Mothers outside the United States and Canada. Camden Delivers is a project of the Camden Coalition ACO, which is supported by the Nicholson Foundation.