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Mobilizes the community, to eliminate disparities, and improve the health of women, children and families in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, which includes Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland & Westchester counties. The LHVPN was originally organized in 2004 by the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Regional Perinatal Center with March of Dimes funding. In 2010 the LHVPN became a program of the CHRF, Inc.

The Mission

  • To support and enhance maternal, child and family health services in Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland & Westchester counties;
  • To eliminate disparities in the health status of women, children and families in our 4-county region;
  • To develop and maintain a constituency to support maternal, child and family health services;
  • To influence public policy regarding maternal, child and family health.

The Vision

Every pregnancy is healthy and wanted, and all women and families receive the support and services they need in a respectful environment.

Goals

  • To provide education and support systems to all women of childbearing age and their families, particularly those at high-risk

Objectives

  • Increase rates of early entry into prenatal care
  • Decrease incidence of preterm births
  • Decrease incidence of low birth weight babies
  • Increase healthy behaviors (e.g. nutrition, breastfeeding)
  • Reduce barriers to care (e.g. insurance enrollment, language)

The Need

In a four-county region perceived as affluent, and well on its way to reaching Healthy People 2020 perinatal goals, racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal health exist, even rivaling New York City. All 4 counties demonstrate significant racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal outcomes, reinforcing the fallacy that these are wealthy counties without issues. To eliminate these disparities, there is a need for improved health care for women and children within Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties.
In 2004, to create the LHVPN, the Regional Perinatal Center (RPC) at Westchester Medical Center was awarded a March of Dimes Chapter Community Service Grant to create the Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network. In 2010 the LHVPN became a program of the Children’s Health and Research Foundation, Inc.

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The Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network (LHVPN) Mobilizes the community, to eliminate disparities, and improve the health of women, children and families in New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, which includes Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland & Westchester counties.

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22 Saw Mill River Rd, Suite 300, Mailbox # 19, Hawthorne, NY 10532, United States

Phone: +1 914-922-2240

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