Early Intervention and Support for At-Risk Families

Early Intervention and Support for At-Risk Families Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Low-income, pregnant women often do not receive adequate prenatal care, leading to poor outcomes. First-time mothers in low-income communities may also lack necessary support and resources to help care for themselves and their children and to access health care. Connecting at-risk women and families to care and other services in the community before and after a child’s birth can help improve outcomes.

The featured Innovations describe three programs that provided personalized support and education for low-income or at-risk families of newborns. The programs include one that performed in-home risk assessments; another that provided home visits to low-income, first-time mothers to improve pregnancy outcomes and children’s health; and a third that offered women and their families services appropriate for each stage of the childbearing cycle: pregnancy, post partum, early childhood, and between pregnancies.

The featured QualityTools include resources to help States identify families and children at risk; resources to help facilitate the care of premature infants and improve outcomes; and a risk calculator for policymakers to estimate how many young children in their State face selected risk factors associated with poor health, school, and developmental outcomes.

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