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Jumping Mouse Children's Center, a nonprofit mental health center, provides free or heavily subsidized long-term expressive mental health therapy to low-income children affected by trauma, advocates for their rights, and provides support to their parents. The program has led to improved emotional health for the children and greater knowledge and confidence among parents and other primary caregivers.
Behavioral health clinicians lead a 24-week program consisting of alternating group sessions and in-home consultations with obese preschoolers and their overweight parent(s), leading to improved dietary habits, less weight gain, and lower body mass index among preschoolers and to greater weight loss and lower body mass index among parents.
A care “pathway” helps pregnant substance abusers obtain health insurance, obstetrics care, substance abuse counseling, and other services, allowing the vast majority of these women to give birth to babies with viable birth weight who are free of illicit substances.
Ongoing case management, education, and peer support to low-income parents struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders focuses on reducing the stigma associated with illness, increasing positive family interaction, and identifying and addressing cognitive and behavioral problems in children. Evidence suggests the program leads to less mental health–related stigma and stress, improved parenting skills and social support networks, few psychiatric hospitalizations, enhanced access to needed services for children, and many lasting family reunifications.
A high school–based clinic added an obstetrics care coordination program to provide pregnant Hmong and African-American students with comprehensive and culturally sensitive prenatal care, education, support, and referrals to community resources. The program has led to increased knowledge and confidence among teens and good birth outcomes.
Reflective questions and conversations integrated into home visitation programs increased the health literacy of low-income pregnant women and new parents, thus empowering them to better manage their family's health and medical care.
A series of home visits conducted by nurses to low-income, first-time mothers during pregnancy and throughout the child's first 2 years of life leads to improved outcomes and lower costs.
Group prenatal and parenting classes integrate health assessment, education, and support, leading to improved birth outcomes and enhanced provider efficiency.
Healthy Steps for Young Children (Healthy Steps) is a national initiative that encourages use of clinician-childhood development expert teams in physician offices to promote the use of timely preventive care; parent education and support; and other interventions to address the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children from birth to age 3.
A multifaceted program called Practicing Safety helps pediatricians become more effective in screening for potential child abuse and providing support and other services to prevent such abuse.