This scorecard hold the semi-annual and annual performance measures for reporting purposes for the Healthy Families Program in Queen Anne's County beginning in FY 18.
FY18. Healthy Families is actively serving 44 out of 48 families indicated in the data. There were four families who have moved out of the service area, two families that decided to exit the program and two families that graduated from the program. There were five births for this quarter for Queen Anne's County. Four out of the five births were at a healthy birth weight and gestational age.
FY19 Healthy Families is actively serving thirty-nine families of the forty-three families, however, four families enrolled chose not to stay engaged. There were twelve births in the second half of the quarter, and eleven had a healthy birth weight, gestational age and one of the birhts was a substance exposed newborn.
Nicole Chase-Powell, Program Director and staff continue to work with Queen Anne's County partners and attend meetings to support the efforts of this county. The partners include but are not limited to: Judy Center, Department of Social Services Multi-Disciplinary Team, Early Childhool Advisory Council, Family Support Center, Child Fatality Review Team and Infant Mortality Review Team, CommUNITY Mentoring, Chesapeake Helps and Maryland Coalition of Families.
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Family Support Workers conduct home visits, either weekly or quarterly, and depending on each individual Family Plan. The Life Skills Progression Tool is administered to families quarterly to measure reaching or maintaining the target range (target range is a score of 3 or better on a scale of 1-5) for "Use of Community Resources." A Participation Satisfaction Survey is administered annually to help the Healthy Families program to determine satisfaction with program services.
Healthy Families in Queen Anne's County follows the Healthy Families America (HFA) model. HFA is the signature program of Prevent Child Abuse America. HFA is designed for parents confronting challenges such as low income, childhood history of abuse, domestic violence, mental health issues, and addictions. Many of these conditions are known to the currently or formerly incarcerated parents.
Based on findings from the 2016 needs assessment, Queen Anne's County Local Management Board chose to build upon the existing home visiting model of Health Families and use the framework to serve at least 30 families with the following eligibility criteria: 1) children ages 0-5 with parents who are currently or were formerly incarcerated.
Healthy Families professionals coordinate with existing early childhood services such as the Family Support Center, Headstart, the Judy Center, and the Health Department to leverage as many resources as are needed by first time parents. Home visiting is a key component to Healthy Families and this allows the home visiting nurse to effectively assess needs, support optimal childhood development and mobilize outside resources. Healthy Families is currently the only home visiting program in the county for young families.
Targeted population are Opportunity Youth pre/postnatal and have children under the age of five. Additionally, families with children under the age of five that are affected by a loved one's incarceration.
Healthy Families in Queen Anne's County follows the Healthy Families America (HFA) model. HFA is the signature program of Prevent Child Abuse America.
High on the list of sub-strategies is encouraging parents to complete their GED, attend vocational training or college, and/or find viable employment.