Douglas County Welcomes Healthy Families America
The Douglas County Health Department in conjunction with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Lutheran Family Services and Nebraska Children’s Home Society, is announcing the launch of Healthy Families America (HFA) in Douglas County.
HFA is a nationally recognized home visiting program that supports families and links them to needed resources and training to improve children’s health. HFA services begin prenatally or immediately after the child’s birth and are offered voluntarily, intensively, and up to the time the child turns 5 years old. More than two decades of national family-based experience has gone into developing Healthy Families America.
Working together, 100 low income expectant and new parents in Douglas County will have the chance to receive the education and support they need before, during and after the time of the birth. Trained assessment workers and home visitors with provide information and support to connect expectant and newborn parents with free in-home child development assistance.
“This support has been shown to dramatically improve outcomes for families and their children,” said Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County Health Director. “The benefits include better health for moms and children, improved parental education and employment, and children more quickly reaching critical developmental milestones.”
Healthy Families America is a part of the Federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). Free and voluntary program enrollment is underway at Lutheran Family Services and Nebraska Children’s Home Society for pregnant and new mothers in Douglas County.
For more information please contact:
Tameshia Harris Kelly Schiermeyer
Lutheran Family Service Nebraska Children's Home Society
Douglas County Health Department