Regional Perinatal Forum
The NYSDOH requires each region to organize and implement a Regional Perinatal Forum (RPF). The NYSDOH broadly charges these forums with identifying regional perinatal needs, identifying resources and groups available to focus on meeting these needs, and developing plans to successfully address these needs with the intent of improving perinatal outcomes. The forums were envisioned to include many Advisory Group members, but have expanded for a broader spectrum of representation of county and community organizations, consumer groups, third party payers, and other groups with an interest in perinatal care and outcomes. The Regional Perinatal Forum uses data as needed in formulating action plans and operates on a broad (i.e., regional or county) level rather than at the hospital level.
Beginning in 2006, the NYSDOH provided funds for mini-grants aimed at improving perinatal health in the Finger Lakes region. These grants are available only to Forum members. The awarding of these grants is left to the discretion of each RPF.
The hope of the Perinatal Forum is that by working together towards common goals, the various "stakeholders" in the Finger Lakes Region can better understand each other's strengths and issues, and pool available resources and talents to work toward improving perinatal outcome. The Finger Lakes Regional Perinatal Forum currently has ongoing projects in Smoking Cessation, Breastfeeding and Oral Health.
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Finger Lakes Region Perinatal Forum Grants Program