Clark Co. promotes positive future for newborns with program aimed at parents

06/27/2014 04:52 PM

WINCHESTER – Kentucky officials are using a healthcare program to focus on the very youngest in the state in an effort to promote better outcomes and save money in the long run.

For parents around the state who are expecting a new baby or in some cases, already have an infant, the Health Access Nurturing Development Services program, also known as HANDS, offers help to families as they build healthy and safe environments for the development of their children.

The outreach program, financed by tobacco settlement money, reaches out to first-time parents and parents who have had other children within three months after the birth of the child.

The program uses specialists who talk to the parents through home visits about child development and developmental stages. In addition, they assist families in identifying their baby’s needs and available resources such as clothing, food and furniture.

The four goals of the program include:

  • Providing positive pregnancy outcomes
  • Optimal child growth and development
  • Allowing children to live in healthy, safe homes
  • Helping families make decisions that enhance long term independence over meeting short term or immediate needs

In Clark County, the health Department has been very active in promoting the program seeking out to provide information at hospitals, and because of their outreach efforts they’ve seen heavy participation.

Since the program began in 1999, more than 4,900 families have been helped through over 57,000 home visits.


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