UT Health Science Center BLUES Project Chattanooga Operates In New Phase

Monday, July 7, 2014

A new phase of Building Lasting Unshakeable Expectations into Successes (BLUES) has started and officials are actively taking referrals for new expecting moms. Referral sites include (but are not limited to) the following health centers:

·         Hamilton County Health Department

·         Cherokee Health Systems

·         Southside Community Health Centers

·         Dodson Community Health Centers

The BLUES Project is a community outreach and research project that provides education, counseling, social support and community resources referrals to participants during pregnancy until the child's second birthday. BLUES is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation.

The purpose of the UTHSC BLUES Project is to reduce the primary risk factors of infant mortality rate through patient education, social support, and effective use of community resources, services and referrals.  

The benefits for participants include obtaining educational information regarding pregnancy and baby, special gifts for mother and baby, receiving social and community support during and after pregnancy and links to helpful community agencies and resources.

One is eligible for enrollment in the study if she has the following characteristics:

·         Pregnant

·         Be no more than 29 weeks gestation by last menstrual period (LMP) and/or ultra sound

·         Agree to release medical records for you and your baby to BLUES staff

·         Volunteer to participate in the BLUES project by signing BLUES consent form

·         Agree to participate in one support group per month. Groups will discuss the following topics:

  • Signs and symptoms of preterm labor
  • Feeding basics
  • Expecting mom skills
  • Postpartum depression “Baby Blues” and healthy relationship
  • Job readiness skills

For more information, contact Quetta Pipkin at UTHSC BLUES Project-Chattanooga site at quetta@uthsc.edu or 423 778-5721.



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