Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting

HEALTH START

MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH HOME VISITING

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The HEALTH START Program promotes healthy pregnancies and births, and support children fully prepared to start school, by bringing program services to county residents in the comfort of their own home.  Trained Health Educators guide women through their pregnancy and the first two years of their child’s life using the evidence-based home visitation model Partners for a Healthy Baby (funded through Arizona Department of Health Services).

 

 Home visitors support families in times of need and connect families to other resources in the community as needed and provide assistance to access those services.

Home visiting is provided in all Cochise County communities and areas.

Please call (520) 803-3923 or contact us at homevisiting@cochise.az.gov.

Our services are CONFIDENTIAL and provided at no cost to county residents.

 

What is home visiting?

Trained Health Educators guide women through their pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life using the evidence-based home visitation model Partners for a Healthy Baby. Home visitors partner with parents in supporting their child’s development by providing insight, information and resources, as well as developmental screenings.

 

What is the goal of home visiting?

Home visitors help women to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy birth and focus on parent-child interactions, developmental-centered parenting and family well being.

 

Why are services provided in the home?

Services are provided to the client in their home for client convenience and to stimulate a positive parent-child relationship in their own environment.

 

What other support do home visitors provide to families? 

Pregnant women are connected to prenatal care providers and receive on-going education about fetal development and healthy behaviors that can impact birth outcomes. Clients are referred to various community resources as needed and provided with assistance to access those services.
 

Home visiting is FREE for all county residents and covers all county communities and areas. Please call (520) 803-3923 or contact us at homevisiting@cochise.az.gov.

 

What is the Health Start Program?

Trained Community Health Workers guide women through their pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life using a proven home visitation model, bringing program services to the client as needed, including:

  • Guidance and support about pregnancy, labor & delivery and parenting using the “Partners for a Healthy Baby” curriculum.

  • Breastfeeding support and education provided by trained personnel.

  • Depression assessment to determine if client may need further assistance beyond dealing with the "baby blues."

  • Developmental screening and assessment known as "Ages and Stages" completed on infants and children to determine the need for further evaluation of special needs that the child may have.

  • ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs) assessment on each new client to determine if further evaluation or support is needed.

  • Health and home safety assessments to assure healthy and safe surroundings in the home of a newborn/child.

  • Lay counseling on a variety of maternal child health issues, provision of referrals to other programs as needed.

  • Car seat safety classes are available to the public.

  • The program also offers prenatal classes and play groups in clients’ neighborhoods.

 

Home visitors support families in times of need and connect families to other resources in the community as needed and provide assistance to access those services.

Home visiting is provided in all county communities and areas.

Our services are CONFIDENTIAL and provided at no cost to County residents.

Call 520-803-3923 or contact us at homevisiting@cochise.az.gov.

 

 

LINKS

http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/owch/women/healthstart.htm

 

Partners for a Healthy Baby

http://www.cpeip.fsu.edu/PHB/

 

  

https://strongfamiliesaz.com/

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