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  • PCPC Committees

    Serving Pierce County infants and the people who care for them.

    Each committee is a network of perinatal professionals who aim to increase coordination of services for perinatal populations. Check our calendar for upcoming committee meetings and events.

    Education

    Works to promote and provide opportunities for learning. This committee plans events like:

    • Monthly Lunch and Learn meetings.
    • Annual conferences.

    Want to get involved? Contact Kindra Ahmann.

    First Steps (MSS/ICM)

    Apple Health insures people with children under age one who are eligible for Maternity Support Services (MSS) and Infant Case Management (ICM) services. They tailor services to each person and family. This committee aims to:

    • Engage with all families eligible for First Steps services through MSS and ICM provider collaboration.
    • Provide direct referral sources for families in the perinatal and postpartum periods.
    • Partner with other programs that provide support services.
    • Educate on the importance of First Steps and its critical work.

    Want to get involved? Contact Robyn Weibe.

    Perinatal Emotional Health

    Supports mental health needs in the perinatal period and:

    • Helps decrease the risk of child abuse and neglect.
    • Designed and maintains the Pierce County Resource and Referral Guide.
    • Trains professionals about:
      • Best practices to identify, assess, and treatment Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD).
      • Managing PMAD medications.

    Perinatal emotional health resources

    Want to get involved? Contact Muriel Herrera-Velasquez.

    Pierce County Breastfeeding Alliance

    Promotes, supports and protects breastfeeding through education, outreach, and collaboration. We partner with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates through promotional activities, education, and resources.

    Breastfeeding resources

    Want to get involved? Contact Patricia Alva.

    Safe Sleep

    Promotes safe infant sleep practices to reduce the risk of Sleep-Related Infant Death (SIDS, SUID, or suffocation). This is the leading cause of death among babies 1–12 months of age. We provide free portable cribs to PCPC crib partner agencies who give them to clients who can’t afford a safe sleep space for their baby. Since 2012, we:

    • Distributed more than 1,000 free cribs to Pierce County families in need.
    • Raised more than $100,000 to support crib and crib sheet purchases.
    • Provided annual safe sleep training to staff at all crib partner agencies to ensure they share up-to-date safety guidelines.

    Safe Sleep resources

    If you participate in PCPC and want to become a crib partner, email Erin Summa.

    Questions?

    Contact us at pcofpcinfo@gmail.com.