Human Services

Reducing Risks for Children and Adults

Rebecca and Dan Mackinnon entrust their baby, Bodhi, to the UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which provides medical care to more than 1,800 babies every year.

Decreasing Infant Mortality in Allegheny County:

Stanford University

Decreasing Infant Mortality in Allegheny County:

Stanford University

For several years, the Foundation has been supporting various organizations seeking to reduce above average infant mortality rates in Allegheny County. One of the challenges has been developing mobile technology to allow Magee-Women's Hospital to reach and monitor women in the highest-risk communities. 

The Foundation also has been building a relationship with Stanford Medicine’s Center for Digital Health, Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention, and March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center, informing their staff about the local infant mortality work, sharing preliminary findings, and introducing them to the Pittsburgh based team. A $1,161,497 grant to Stanford University will enable it to develop, pilot, and disseminate a digital mobile app, PretermConnect, built on the science of engagement and research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh and the RAND Corporation. 

PretermConnect will enable at-risk mothers to engage in a virtual community, message privately with each other, and access information about pre- and post pregnancy health, as well as real-time data about their own and their baby’s health. The data collected through the app will improve predictive tools and services. Within five years, Stanford expects PretermConnect to contribute to reducing preterm births in high-risk populations, particularly among African-American and other minority populations, and also to reduce infant mortality and morbidity.