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Exploring barriers to prenatal vitamins in the Paso del Norte region of New Mexico and Texas

Project Location/Site: Clinics in Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas
Key Outcomes:
Based on the analysis of New Mexico PRAMS data, the most notable recommendation moving forward is health literacy/transparency between patients and health care providers regarding the importance of multivitamins in reproductive-age women and prenatal vitamins in pregnant women. According to the CDC, Hispanic women are more likely to give birth to a child with a neural tube defect compared to that of Non-Hispanic women. By having continuous information provided to these populations, it can prevent further health complications later in pregnancy such as anemia and neural tube defects. In addition, further education of available insurance payer types, including Medicaid, within health care institutions and clinics early on in family planning and routine visits, can allow for clarity as to what is available for them in that moment and for future pregnancy. Based on the data, MD/HMO and “Other” (likely Indian Health Service) were the primary institutions used by mothers in New Mexico.