Feasibility of Implementing Group Well Baby/Well Woman Dyad Care at Federally Qualified Health Centers

Katherine A. Connor, Gabriela Duran, Mariam Faiz-Nassar, Kristin Mmari, Cynthia S. Minkovitz

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Objective: Group care has been shown to be effective for delivery of infant well child care. Centering Parenting (CP) is a model of group dyad care for mothers and infants. CP might improve quality and efficiency of preventive care, particularly for low-income families. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) might be optimal sites for implementation, however, facilitators and barriers might be unique. The aim of this qualitative study was to assess stakeholder perspectives on the feasibility of implementing CP in FQHCs in Baltimore. Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted with mothers, clinicians, staff, and administrators recruited from 2 FQHCs using purposive sampling. Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and uploaded to Atlas.ti version 7.0 (Atlas.ti Scientific Software Development, GmbH Berlin, Germany) for analysis. Using an inductive thematic analysis approach, 2 investigators coded the transcripts. Matrices of key codes were developed to identify themes and patterns across stakeholder groups. Results: Interviews were completed with 26 mothers and 16 clinicians, staff, and administrators. Most participants considered CP desirable. Facilitators included: peer support and education, emphasis on maternal wellness, and increased patient and clinician satisfaction. Barriers included: exposure to “others,” scheduling and coordination of care, productivity, training requirements, and cost. Parenting experience did not appear to affect perspectives on CP. Conclusions: Perceptions regarding facilitators and barriers to CP implementation in FQHCs are similar to existing group well-child care literature. The benefit of emphasis on maternal wellness is a unique finding. Maternal wellness integration might make CP a particularly desirable model for implementation at FQHCs, but potential systems barriers must be addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-515
Number of pages6
JournalAcademic pediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2018


  • Centering Parenting
  • federally qualified health center
  • group well child care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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