Healthy Start Services include:
Outreach includes participant identification, public and private provider recruitment and community education. Outreach has traditionally meant case finding and/or participant identification. Healthy Start outreach is more broadly defined to include not only participant identification but also, public and private provider recruitment and community education activities. Outreach is approached systematically in a family-centered, community-based manner in order to promote improved pregnancy and infant health outcomes.
Care Coordination services provide the knowledge, encouragement, referrals, and support necessary to maximize families’ health, well-being, and self-sufficiency. Care coordinators achieve this goal by helping participants receive the appropriate interventions they need to improve situations that place them at risk. Care coordinators strive to assure the participant’s continued involvement in prenatal and child health care, as well as other needed community and Healthy Start services.
Parenting education and support services are based on a comprehensive curriculum that is culturally sensitive and applicable for the participant(s) receiving the service. The curriculum content has a prevention-based focus to reduce factors that are associated with placing children at health, social, or behavioral risk.
Parenting support and education provides comprehensive information and education related to the care of the newborn, infant, and child. This service includes information on normal growth and development, anticipatory guidance, changes in family dynamics, attachment behaviors, nutrition, resource management, safety, child injury prevention, immunizations, and child abuse prevention.
Psychosocial counseling is provided to Healthy Start families to address situational and developmental stress. It is provided in a confidential setting to individuals, couples, groups or families. The goal is to reduce identified risk factors and maximize positive pregnancy outcomes and infant/child health and development.
Psychosocial counseling is a relationship that occurs between a skilled professional counselor and an individual, family, group, or community for the purpose of helping to overcome specific emotional or social problems and achieve specified goals for well-being. This is a form of psychosocial counseling that emphasizes prevention and the interface between the individual and the individual’s environment.
Tobacco Education and Cessation
Tobacco education and cessation counseling is provided to Healthy Start families in order to reduce the incidence of prenatal smoking and to reduce the harmful effects to the mother and developing fetus when the mother ingests chemicals from tobacco or is exposed to passive smoke. Passive smoke is damaging to all household members. Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to upper and lower respiratory disease caused by tobacco smoke.
Tobacco education and cessation services include assessment of stage of change (pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, relapse), provision of educational brochures, specific assistance in how to quit smoking, support services and relapse services. Nicotine patches or other pharmaceutical aids may be used in conjunction with these services.
Substance Abusing Pregnant Women
Substance Exposed Children and their Families
Prenatal substance abuse has a clear impact on the health of the pregnant woman. Drugs and the woman’s lifestyle can affect fetal development, the infant’s birth weight, mortality and development. Based on responses to the National Pregnancy and Health Survey (1996), an estimated 5.5 percent of pregnant women acknowledge that they used an illegal drug during pregnancy.
Identification of use/abuse of alcohol and/or illegal substances can be determined by:
- The woman’s own admission to staff,
- A positive drug toxicology,
- A staff member witnessing the use, and/or
- A report from a reliable source.
Interconceptional Education & Counseling
Interconceptional education and counseling services provide comprehensive information and education related to the optimal health status needed by any eligible woman of reproductive age to improve the birth outcome of a potential pregnancy. This service includes information on access to care, baby spacing, nutrition, physical activity, maternal infections, chronic health problems, substance abuse, smoking, mental health and environmental risk factors.
Referring to Healthy Start
If you are not an OB/GYN and/or Prenatal Care provider or a Hospital, and you would like to refer a client to our program, you may do so by having them fill out a Healthy Start Referral Form. Please ensure that you and the client complete the following:
Referral Source Information
All Demographic Information from the Client
Reason for the Referral
Signature of the Client Consenting to Participate in the Program (required and can not be processed without the signature)
Signature of the Referral Source
You may click below the image for the referral form:
At this time, we do not have a referral form in Creole. Should you have any further questions regarding this form and/or need assistance to complete it, we encourage you to contact us at 305-541-0210 and ask to speak to one of our Team members.
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