This project aimed to improve maternal and infant health in the Battlefords Health District community by establishing a supportive breastfeeding and prenatal nutrition culture and improving client access to health care services. The targeted population included teen parents, single mothers, low-income families, and transient females. Many were Aboriginal people. Services were provided by a project coordinator/lactation consultant and outreach workers in a street-front outreach centre. This project increased the target population’s ability to access services, improved their food security, addressed determinants of health such as social and physical environments, and created more community resources. The project was valued by clients and partners for its ability to make a positive difference in population health. Most importantly, clients who received support had higher rates of breastfeeding than did a sample of non-project mothers who self-reported their breastfeeding rates.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.