KCON student uses dissertation to lower high-risk pregnancies in Muskegon area
Grand Valley State University nursing student Cindy Betterly is leading a project to help decrease the number of low birth weight and preterm babies in the Muskegon area. As part of her dissertation, Betterly works with the Muskegon Area Pregnancy Pathways program to find ways to increase the health literacy of women who participate in the program. Betterly helps the clients better understand what health care resources are available and how to use them. She also uses a tool called “Ask Me 3,” that encourages patients to come up with at least three questions to ask their health care provider about before the appointment. Betterly believes that increasing knowledge will help lower the amount of high-risk pregnancies in the area.