What is IMPLICIT?
The IMPLICIT Interconception Care Model works to reduce prematurity birth rates in Sarasota County by improving the health of women between pregnancies.
What is involved?
A brief screen is offered to all mothers with children two years of age and under who are attending their child’s well-child visit.
The screen asks questions about four key health factors:
- Folic Acid
- Family Planning
What happens next?
Once their needs are determined, women are provided education and offered resources and materials to help. If further support is needed, the women are offered referrals to additional support such as counseling, free or low cost birth control, smoking cessation services, and help getting multivitamins.
Where is it currently available?
The IMPLICIT Project has currently been fully implemented within the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County’s Child Health Clinic located at 2200 Ringling Boulevard with the goal of expanding to additional clinics in 2019.
What are the results?
In the first few months of the project, 494 unique women were screened, many multiple times. Among those screened, 173 positive lifestyle changes were observed during follow-up visits.
These positive lifestyle changes included:
- 69 women began using birth control
- 36 had lower depression scores (PHQ-2)
- 11 women verbally confirmed participating in counseling
- 44 women began taking vitamins with folic acid
- 13 women quit smoking
As the project continues we anticipate seeing an even greater impact in our community. To
Who are our partners?
Funding and support for the IMPLICIT Project