Outcomes of Community-Based Prenatal Education Programs for Pregnant Women in Rural Texas

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Abstract

A prenatal, evidenced-based education program was implemented in 7 rural counties and provided by trained staff at the Texas Department of State Health Services. This was implemented to address health disparities, in regard to birth outcomes, in rural minorities of Southeast Texas. The participants were given a preassessment (N = 382) and a postassessment (N = 326) of relevant health knowledge and a follow-up assessment (N = 149) to document the outcomes of their birth as well as health practices they were employing as new parents. The assessment results were analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the programs on improving health outcomes and knowledge.

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