Pregnant women need early and regular prenatal care to help ensure their babies are born full term and at a healthy weight. Unfortunately, not all women have a support system to help care for themselves, manage stress and receive prenatal care. The Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB regional care coordination system launched in 2007 to combat infant mortality in Lucas County. Since then, low-income pregnant women have been connected to the medical care and social services needed to have full-term, healthy weight babies.
The Pathways HUB system relies on community health workers and other care coordinators employed by multiple clinical and community sites to assist those in need by working with them to develop a care plan and overcome barriers. Pathways HUB staff coordinates and trains community health workers and other care coordinators, as well as tracks intervention results.
The Pathways HUB expanded in 2015 to address diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions in Lucas County through a three-year Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additional expansions have followed elsewhere in northwest Ohio – including to Henry, Huron and Erie counties – and to other vulnerable Lucas County populations, such as low-income women of childbearing age and people with abnormal mammogram results.
|Pathways Care Coordination Agencies||Pathways Funding Partners|
|Adelante||Buckeye Health Plan|
|Compassion Health Toledo||Fostering Healthy Communities (collaboration among|
|Dental Center of Northwest Ohio||Mercy Health, ProMedica, University of Toledo|
|East Toledo Family Center||Medical Center)|
|Erie County Health Department||Health Resources & Services Administration|
|Family House||Lucas County Department of Job & Family Services|
|Henry County Health Department||Lucas County Family Council|
|Huron County Public Health||Molina Health|
|La Posada Family Emergency Shelter||Ohio Commission on Minority Health|
|Mercy Health||Ohio Department of Health|
|Neighborhood Health Association||Ohio Department of Medicaid|
|ProMedica||Ohio Department of Transportation|
|Toledo/Lucas County CareNet||Paramount Advantage|
|Toledo-Lucas County Health Department||Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio|
|University Church||Toledo Community Foundation|
|YWCA of Northwest Ohio||Toledo-Lucas County Health Department|
|Toledo Rotary Club Foundation Fund of the|
|Toledo Community Foundation|
|United Way of Greater Toledo|
|UnitedHealthcare Community Plan|