Western New York Maternal and Child Health Environmental Assessment


In exploring the role we might play in improving maternal and child health outcomes in western New York, we replicated the steps we took in central New York to identify the needs, gaps and strengths in the system around pregnant and postpartum women and their infants. We looked at the MCH data at the zip code level to identify the areas where there is the highest risk for poor outcomes. In addition, we conducted a series of interviews with pregnant women and parents to understand their perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of services.

For the next stage of this analysis, we hired John Snow, Inc. to conduct an environmental assessment of the service providers in the “hot spot” areas within the eight counties of Western New York where there are especially poor maternal and child health outcomes.

This assessment includes interviews with a sample of service providers four “hot spot” areas in western New York: Buffalo, Chautauqua/Cattaraugus, Olean, and Niagara Falls, and site visits to a select number of providers based on the preliminary interviews.

Focus Area: Young Children Impacted by Poverty

Category: Evaluation, Infographic, Report, Toolkit

Date Published: January 1, 2014