Perinatal Outreach Education (POE)
Perinatal Outreach Educators (POE) work with the pregnant and parenting community, providing information about community resources and ensuring that our Napa County residents have the tools necessary to access some of these basic resources. POE’s provide invaluable services to our Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) community ensuring access to much-needed services including Public Health Nurses.
What is a Perinatal Outreach Educator?
- A POE is a Community Health Aide
- Has specialized training in the needs of pregnant women
- Is knowledgeable in Napa County resources
- Is Brazelton’s “TouchPoints” trained
- S/he is fluent in reading, writing and speaking Spanish
What does a POE do?
- Ensure that pregnant women get into prenatal care, stay in prenatal care, get needed resources while pregnant and for the first year after the baby is born.
- Assist clients with access to basic resources like WIC and Medi-Cal; helping to fill out forms and work their way through a relatively complex system.
- Assist with Obstetrician and Certified Nurse Midwife compliance by ensuring clients understand the importance of, and advantages to, keeping appointments.
- Accompany clients while providing instruction on using public transportation
- Screen for health related risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use and substance abuse while providing information about community based educational and supportive resources.
- Provide on-going support and information throughout pregnancy by guiding clients to educational resources and classes appropriate to their situation.
- Interface with community agencies based on each clients individual educational needs.
- Participate in continuing education offerings to ensure that they are current in the perinatal needs of our community.
- Attend community, interagency, and other meetings to provide advocacy and support for perinatal issues, clients, and services.
- Provide culturally appropriate and sensitive care.