Maternal and Child Health in Western New York: A Qualitative Study


Continuing and expanding upon our research in central New York, this study by the New York Academy of Medicine used information from one-on-one interviews with 43 mothers and eight fathers to identify and examine what factors may have an impact on health pregnancy and parenting in the “hot spot” communities of western New York located in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara counties.

The goal of this study was to inform our funding decisions by providing data that
represent the perspectives and experiences of new parents in the target communities.

Interviews focused on physical and mental health status; access to and perceptions of family
planning, prenatal care, and parenting programs; parenting readiness; father involvement; social support; and gaps and recommendations regarding programs and services.

Focus Area: Young Children Impacted by Poverty

Category: Evaluation, Infographic, Report, Toolkit

Date Published: March 1, 2013