Vermont Ranked #1 for Maternal and Early Childhood Health

Vermont State Seal

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Media Contacts: Jason Gibbs, Office of the Governor, (802) 828-3333
Kim O’Leary, Agency of Human Services, (802) 241-2222 Kim.OLeary@ahs.state.vt.us

Waterbury, Vt.—A website created to inform mothers across the nation about the quality of healthcare in each state recently ranked Vermont first in the nation for maternal and early childhood health.

MomScore, an interactive tool that presents moms and moms-to-be with relevant, comprehensive data about maternal health in their states, was created by RevolutionHealth.com, a leading comprehensive health and medical information site.

The website reviewed over 50 quality indicators of maternal and infant health from federal and state government sources, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Census Bureau, and leading non-profit organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In consultation with clinical and public health policy experts, they identified ten key indicators of maternal and early childhood health.

Vermont ranked #1 in five of the ten indicators, boasting the best family paid leave policy, lowest risk of pregnancy complications, most affordable children’s health insurance, and the lowest infant as well as maternal mortality.  In each of the other indicators, access to prenatal care, availability of childcare, air quality, low incidence of violent crime, and affordable health insurance rates, Vermont ranked within the top 10 states.

“I am pleased that MomScore confirms that Vermont is the best place in the country to support maternal and early childhood health,” noted Governor Jim Douglas.  “This ranking highlights the commitment my administration, state legislators, our congressional delegation, and our community partners have made to ensuring that all Vermonters have access to excellent pre-and post-natal care and affordable, high quality health care through innovative and affordable programs like Green Mountain Health.”

Governor Douglas noted, however, that this success must be replicated across the entire healthcare system.  “Every family deserves the peace of mind that affordable and accessible healthcare provides.  That is why I am absolutely committed to taking more bold steps to reform our healthcare system and reduce the cost of care.”

Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency Human Services, agreed. “This website is wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work the Governor, AHS staff—particularly at the Health Department, the Office of Vermont Health Access, and the Department for Children and Families—have done to ensure Vermont mothers and their children receive the best possible start in life.  While we should never be completely satisfied, clearly we can be proud of all we are doing to promote maternal and child health.”

Revolution Health Group is a leading consumer-centric health company founded to transform how people approach their overall health and wellness. The cornerstone of Revolution Health is RevolutionHealth.com, a free, comprehensive health and medical information site, specifically designed with women and other caregivers in mind.  The site offers respected, scientifically sound health information as well as more than 125 online tools aimed at helping individuals take control of their well-being.

Please visit: http://www.revolutionhealth.com/momscore for further information.

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