Healthy Families America
Our mission is to promote child well-being and prevent the abuse and neglect of our nations children through intensive home visiting.
Healthy Families America (HFA) is the signature program of Prevent Child Abuse America. Their National Office, located in Chicago, Illinois, provides support, technical assistance, training, affiliation and accreditation to our international network of affiliated sites.
HFA is theoretically rooted in the belief that early, nurturing relationships are the foundation for life-long, healthy development. Interactions between direct service providers and families are relationship-based, designed to promote positive parent-child relationships and healthy attachment, strength-based, family centered, culturally sensitive and reflective.
HFA is designed for parents facing challenges such as single parenthood; low income; childhood history of abuse and other adverse child experiences; and current or previous issues related to substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or domestic violence.
Individual HFA sites select the specific characteristics of families they plan to serve and collaborate with community partners to reach these families. All families complete a Parent Survey or similar assessment in order to determine the presence of various factors associated with increased risk for child maltreatment or other adverse childhood experiences, as well as identify family strengths and protective factors.
Families are enrolled prenatally or within three months of birth. Once enrolled, sites offer services to families until the child’s third birthday, and preferably until the child’s fifth birthday.
HFA sites offer at least one home visit per week for the first six months after the child’s birth. After those initial months, visit frequency is based on families’ needs and progress over time. Typically, home visits last one hour.
- screenings and assessments to determine families at risk for child maltreatment or other adverse childhood experiences
- home visiting services
- routine screening for child development and maternal depression.
In addition, many HFA sites offer services such as parent support groups and father involvement programs. HFA encourages local sites to implement enhanced services that further address the specific needs of their communities and the families they serve.
Training requirements for HFA staff assure a knowledgeable and well-informed workforce with a focus on continual professional development. Core training includes trauma-informed practice, key parent-child attachment principles and how to support parents in implementing these, as well as reflective strategies that support parents in feeling competent and empowered to make positive changes in their lives. HFA offers wraparound distance learning training that includes access to fourteen modules available to staff once the site is affiliated with HFA.
HFA aims to:
- reduce child maltreatment;
- improve parent-child interactions and children’s social-emotional well-being;
- increase school readiness;
- promote child physical health and development;
- promote positive parenting;
- promote family self-sufficiency;
- increase access to primary care medical services and community services; and
- decrease child injuries and emergency department use.
"I really enjoy my home visits with Healthy Families. My child and I have benefitted GREATLY from participating. We learned to have healthy communication, eating, and bonding time with one another. Programs like Healthy Families are a WONDERFUL thing!" -Anon
"Healthy Families has helped me so much. I have learned stuff you can't find anywhere else. From the visits and the activities, my daughter has grown so much. I hope you will keep the program available for other families to benefit from." -Lindsay
"I think the program has made me more knowledgeable about her development. I would like the program to continue because I like the support and information I get each week." -Kayla
"Thanks to Healthy Families I am a confident good mother to my two children. This program has helped me learn more about my children and myself. It helped me with every social connection needed whenever the need arose, something that I would not be able to do alone. And they did a lot more. Please keep funding for this program so other families can benefit from it's valuable service." -Belinda
Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse-Family Partnership positively transforms the lives of vulnerable babies, mothers and families.
A future where all children are healthy, families thrive, communities prosper, and the cycle of poverty is broken.
Nurse-Family Partnership empowers vulnerable first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. Research consistently proves that Nurse-Family Partnership succeeds at its most important goals: keeping children healthy and safe and improving the lives of moms and babies. Nurse-Family Partnership works by having specially trained nurses regularly visit young, first-time moms-to-be, starting early in the pregnancy, continuing through the child’s second birthday. The expectant moms benefit by getting the care and support they need in order to have a healthy pregnancy. At the same time, new moms develop a close relationship with a nurse who becomes a trusted resource they can rely on for advice on everything from safely caring for their child to taking steps to provide a stable, secure future for their new family. Throughout the partnership, the nurse provides new moms with the confidence and the tools they need not only to assure a healthy start for their babies, but to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mom and child. Over more than three decades, research consistently has proven that Nurse-Family Partnership succeeds at its most important goals: keeping children healthy and safe, and improving the lives of moms and babies.
The expectant moms benefit by getting the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy. At the same time, new mothers develop a close relationship with a nurse who becomes a trusted resource they can rely on for advice on everything from safely caring for their child to taking steps to provide a stable, secure future for them both. Through the partnership, the nurse provides new moms with the confidence and the tools they need not only to assure a healthy start for their babies, but to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mom and child.
The Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office is a non-profit organization that provides agencies across the country the information, support and specialized training they need to properly implement Nurse-Family Partnership and produce the same successful results that have made the program a national model.
Parents as Teachers
All children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.
Parents as Teachers promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.
The Parents as Teachers Evidence-Based Model is the comprehensive home-visiting, parent education model used by Parents as Teachers Affiliates. The model provides services to families with children from prenatal through kindergarten. Affiliates follow the essential requirements of the model, which provide minimum expectations for program design, infrastructure, and service delivery. Parents as Teachers provides support for affiliates to meet those requirements as well as further quality standards that represent best practices in the field.
THERE ARE FOUR DYNAMIC COMPONENTS TO THE PARENTS AS TEACHERS MODEL:
- Personal Visits
- Group Connections
- Resource Network
- Child Screening
TOGETHER, THESE FOUR COMPONENTS FORM A COHESIVE PACKAGE OF SERVICES WITH FOUR PRIMARY GOALS:
- Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parent practices
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
- Prevent child abuse and neglect
- Increase children’s school readiness and success
The Parents as Teachers model for providing services to families with children from the prenatal period to kindergarten has been tested by rigorous peer-reviewed studies and shown to produce results. Affiliates follow the essential requirements of the model, which provide minimum expectations for program design, infrastructure, and service delivery. Parents as Teachers provides support for affiliates to meet those requirements as well as further quality standards that represent best practices in the field.
A Parents as Teachers logic model can be found on the Parents As Teachers website.
Parents as Teachers National Center is an international nonprofit organization that promotes optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. We advance the delivery of high quality services for families through a comprehensive system of supports and innovative solutions.
Through professionals in our national network of affiliates and partners, we provide parents and caregiver with research-based information and support from pregnancy through Kindergarten.
Our internationally recognized network uses an evidence-based model to deliver parent education primarily through personal visits and group meetings. We equip parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children, from prenatal through kindergarten, for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Parents as Teachers programs operate in various settings, including schools, hospitals, faith-based organizations and housing communities.
Founded in Missouri in 1984, Parents as Teachers serves more than 195,000 children in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 Tribal organizations, schools and communities, five other countries and one U.S. territory.
We advocate for children and families at the state and federal level through community engagement. We convene partners annually for a national home visiting summit and seek strategic partnerships and cross-sector solutions.
Additional information can be found on the Parents As Teachers website.
Community Health Workers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that as of May 2016, nearly 48,000 community health workers (CHWs) were employed across almost all 50 states.1 While their roles and responsibilities vary across states, CHWs often serve as a liaison between the community and the health services available within that community. Many factors contribute to an individual’s overall health. Access to healthcare, knowledge of health conditions, and cultural factors can increase the health disparities gap and contribute to negative health outcomes. CHWs can improve the health status of individuals through actions such as health education, translation services, and promoting preventive services. CHWs are well recognized for improving health outcomes. While it is evident that CHWs address significant health system barriers and community health issues, funding and financial stability remain an issue. States and CHWs must rely on a variety of funding sources such as grants or state budgets to provide health services and outreach in their communities. This issue brief gives a broad overview of how state public health departments can utilize CHWs to improve community health outcomes and generate cost-savings.
Although data on CHW cost effectiveness is scarce, there are many examples of how CHWs have contributed to the advancement of the Triple Aim for health care which includes: improved health, improved care, and reduced costs. Findings from a study on how CHWs were integrated into a patient centered medical home in New York City show improved healthcare among clients and better services. Since incorporating CHWs into the care team, emergency department visits and hospitalizations among patients with diabetes and other chronic health problems declined significantly.
Cross sector collaborations and communication will strengthen the evidence that demonstrates how CHWs generate cost savings and improve their community’s overall health.
Additional information can be found on the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials website.
In January of 2017, Governor John R. Kasich signed Senate Bill 332, which established Help Me Grow as Ohio’s evidenced-based parent support program that encourages early prenatal and well-baby care, as well as parenting education to promote the comprehensive health and development of children. Additionally, the legislation required Help Me Grow to utilize only evidence-based or innovative, or promising home visiting models to accomplish the following goals:
1. Improve maternal and child health;
2. Prevent child abuse and neglect;
3. Encourage positive parenting;
4. Promote child development and school readiness.
Furthermore, the legislation established program benchmark domains of:
1. Improvement in maternal and newborn health;
2. Reduction in child injuries, abuse and neglect;
3. Improved school readiness and achievement;
4. Reduction in crime and domestic violence; and
5. Improved family economic self-sufficiency.
Help Me Grow is a voluntary family support program for pregnant women or new parents. Offered in every county of the state through a well-established network, Help Me Grow is an evidence-based program that promotes healthy growth and development for babies and young children. Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a non-judgmental and compassionate approach that empowers parents with skills, tools and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of their children.
Help Me Grow believes all young children deserve the same opportunities to realize their full potential in life, regardless of economic, geographic, and demographic considerations. The parenting education and child development resources provided to families allows them to maximize this critical period of development in their child’s life, providing a foundation for lasting success.
When a parent schedules a home visit with Help Me Grow, they will have the opportunity to share to share their thoughts about parenting, ask questions, and receive reliable information based on their individual family needs or topics of interest. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Healthy Pregnancies
- Baby and Child Health
- Child Growth and Development
- Toilet Training
- Child Safety
- Household Safety
- Local Resources