Parts of West Philadelphia are designated by the US government as a Promise Zone due to deep and persistent poverty in the community. Low economic resources lead to food and housing insecurity and other social needs, making it difficult for people to manage their health and wellbeing. We combine patient care with evidence-based programs to address unmet social and behavioral health needs.
IMPLICIT, a multi-site, practice-based quality improvement network, has established a model for interconception care (ICC) — the period of time between the birth of one baby and the conception of the next — to improve the outcomes of future pregnancies. It benefits mothers and babies as well. Our own Mario P. DeMarco, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of Clinical Family Medicine, has been active with the IMPLICIT network since 2012 and is a champion for interconception care.