The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, a not-for-profit organization within the Catholic Church in New Hampshire, is supporting comprehensive prenatal care for high-risk women with a $4,000 grant to Families First Health & Support Center and Goodwin Community Health.
The two community health centers, which merged in 2018, cared for 481 pregnant women in 2018. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes obstetric care providers, prenatal nurses, nutritionists, social workers and substance misuse counselors. The women are also connected with the many other services available at the centers, including dental care, home visiting, parenting classes and the Women, Infants and Children program for nutritious foods and breastfeeding education.
“High-risk women need this comprehensive approach, with its emphasis on prevention and preparing women to lead healthy families,” says Greater Seacoast Community Health CEO Janet Laatsch. “Without this program – and generous donors like the Bishop’s Fund who support it – many of these women might not have access to prenatal care, or they might get care in a setting that does not address the psychosocial conditions that are so important in determining how healthy they and their babies will be.”
The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund makes grants to tax-exempt organizations without regard to religious affiliation for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs. The Fund is operated by volunteer lay men and women who serve as Directors and who make recommendations to the Bishop of Manchester for grants to any organization in New Hampshire whose mission is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Fund raises money through solicitation of individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations. An annual accounting of funds raised and disbursements is available at www.catholicnh.org/BCAF
Greater Seacoast Community Health includes Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth, Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth and Lilac City Pediatrics in Rochester. The organization is one of New Hampshire’s largest community health centers, serving about 20,000 local adults and children, many of them uninsured, underinsured or lacking access to affordable, quality health care. For more information, visit GetCommunityHealth.org.
Caption: The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund recently donated $4,000 to Families First Health & Support Center. Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund board member Julie Bailey, center, is pictured with Joann Neumann (left) and Margie Wachtel, of Families First.