Health, Outreach, Prevention, Empowerment
(formerly Maternity & Infant Services)
Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) provides medical and social work services to women living with HIV (WLWH) during the perinatal period through the newly established HOPE Program. HOPE (Health, Outreach, Prevention, Empowerment) strives to increase positive health outcomes through strategic, intensive outreach and prevention services designed to facilitate the empowerment of MAO’s perinatal WLWH. MAO collaborates with UAB Family Clinic’s pediatric infectious disease providers to deliver routine exposure surveillance and testing of all HIV-exposed infants until the infants have been confirmed HIV negative, usually between 18 and 24 months of age.
MAO’s beautiful moms often have limited financial and social support. For many, situational stressors and other risk factors can cause overwhelming feelings of isolation and hopelessness during a time that should be filled with excitement and joy. Of note, 98% of the 101 perinatal women served by MAO between 2012 and 2019 were below 100% of the federal poverty level. Additionally, 74% of the 101 perinatal women have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis. To combat these barriers, the HOPE Program offers access to resources such as Angela’s Closet, formerly Hope’s Closet, transportation to appointments, behavioral health support, and social work services in a centralized location.
The HOPE Program seeks to nurture partnerships with MAO’s perinatal women by providing information, education, and support to guide and empower them through each stage of motherhood. Should you have specific questions, please contact Jennifer (Montgomery) at (334) 481-1612 or Stephanie (Dothan) at (334) 673-0494.