Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act
The Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (T.O.P.W.A.) was enacted by the Florida Legislature in 1998. The T.O.P.W.A. program was designed to establish an outreach program targeting high-risk pregnant women who may not be receiving proper prenatal care, who suffer from substance abuse problems or who may be infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (H.I.V.). The goal of this program is to provide these high-risk pregnant women with referrals for much needed information and services.
Locally, this program is funded through the Healthy Start Coalition of St. Lucie County in partnership with the St. Lucie County Health Department. This program provides community-based outreach activities in areas where the target population is most likely to be found. The St. Lucie County Health Department has designed peer-based, culturally sensitive outreach activities - performed in a nonjudgmental manner - in an effort to:
- encourage high-risk women of unknown status to be tested for HIV
- to educate pregnant women about the benefits of entering into prenatal care
- provide HIV-infected pregnant women with information about the benefits of AZT Therapy during pregnancy so they can make an informed decision about reducing the risks of perinatal transmission
- provide appropriate referrals to medical and other social services on a case-by-case basis
For more information contact Dawn Jones at�(772) 462-3925.