We were engaged by Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc (ARCSI) to co-design a service model of community-based antenatal care coordination for the Acacia Ridge and nearby communities. A few weeks ago, we proudly presented the findings of this service design process at a workshop led by ARCSI and attended by a range of interested stakeholders, including community sector organisations, service providers, funders and members of the local community.
Today's blog post is going to cover a piece of work we are currently doing in collaboration with Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc! For those not familiar with what 'service mapping' is, it is essentially a stocktake of available services in the local community to better understand what is available. In our case, we have focussed on services that are either specific to the prenatal period or are relevant for pregnant women to access during a pregnancy. Why are we doing this you ask? We are wanting to document and articulate the many services available to the local community to make it easier for people to access services. Knowing where and how to access services can be daunting for anyone and the service model we are proposing will aim to make accessing services as easy as possible for pregnant women in the local Acacia Ridge community.
So it has been a little while since we have thrown up a blog post and thought it was a good time to update you all on one of our passion projects. Midway through this year we were engaged by Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc. to complete a community needs assessment and service design project focussing on the prenatal period as a key time to influence the trajectory of one's lifelong health and prosperity.
It's been a busy couple of months here at Beacon HQ but we thought it might be good to share a tale from our travels.
Understanding how sensitive in utero development is provides some direction for how to break down intergenerational inequality and disadvantage.
‘The 9 Months That Made You” was released in 2011 and featured the late British scientist David Barker, pioneer of ‘Barker Hypothesis’ and contributor to the overarching concept of ‘fetal programming’.