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Essex County Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Project

The overarching goal of SPAN's Essex County Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Project is to improve preconception, prenatal, and interconception care and reduce pre-term births, low birth weight, and infant mortality rates by connecting Essex County underserved women and men to needed services and supports.  The project targets the Essex County communities, Newark, Irvington, East Orange and Orange  with the greatest need.  These are the women who are least likely to receive prenatal care or to have a “medical home,” and most likely to have poorer pregnancy outcomes.  

SPAN's Essex County Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Project has also developed an Advisory Board which meets quarterly. The Advisory Board includes families in the targeted communities, Newark, Irvington, East Orange and Orange as well as community-based agencies, service providers, and county and municipal agency representatives, to advise our work and enhance coordination of services.  If you would like to attend contact Program Director at the contact information listed below.



SPAN's team of four Community Health Workers connects Essex County women and men to health insurance, health care, and other needed community services, and provides ongoing and intensive support to help them access those resources and services and build their own knowledge and skills! Check out some free events below that IPO has going on in a community near you!


FREE Breastfeeding Support Group!!

IPO is proud to announce its FREE Breastfeeding Support Group Series facilitated by Lactation Consultant Kasey Dudley!  Contact Kasey Dudley at

Essex County IPO Initiative Advisory Board Meeting

Calling all Essex County Families!

Please join us to share your feedback about

Essex County Services


The Essex County

Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Initiative


We want to know what is working

 for families and what is not!




The Essex County Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Project Program is a health service grant funded by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Rachel Ruel
Project Coordinator
What families/professions are saying about this project: 

"Evidence shows that improving a woman's health before pregnancy can greatly impact the health of her newborn. Through this program we will continue to enhance our efforts to increase access to care and decrease premature birth and infant mortality.  This program takes a comprehensive approach to serving this vulnerable population by also connecting them to safety net programs such as Medicaid, Head Start, Family Success Centers and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve outcomes for the mother and her family.”  - NJ Department of Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd

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