|How families benefit from the Baby Sprouts/Health Start Program:
The Baby Sprouts/Health Start programs utilize health educators to provide education, support, and advocacy services to pregnant/postpartum women and their families in targeted communities in southern Apache County. The health educators live in and reflect the ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of the communities they serve. Communities served include: Alpine, Concho, Eagar, Greer, Sanders, St. Johns, Springerville and Vernon.
Families receive home visits and case management with oversight by nurses and social workers, through the enrolled child’s second year of life. Pregnant women are connected to prenatal care providers and receive on-going education about fetal development and health behaviors that can impact birth outcomes. Mothers are screened for postpartum depression and receive information regarding inter-conception health. Family advocacy begins at enrollment; clients are referred to various services as needed and assistance with accessing those services.
Education provided to families is tailored to meet their individual needs. Education offered may include: child development, home safety, immunizations, and vehicle safety. Children are screened on a periodic basis using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to identify potential development delays. Families may be referred to appropriate providers when needed. Baby Sprouts/Health Start health educators are certified child passenger safety technicians, are breast feeding and massage specialists, and acquire new skills and knowledge on an on-going basis to ensure they are providing the most accurate information to families they serve. The program has successfully implemented prenatal alcohol and intervention screenings to all enrolled prenatal clients in an effort to reduce alcohol-exposed pregnancies; therefore reducing the range of effects associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders. Bi-lingual Health Educators with the program are available to enroll and assist Spanish-speaking families into the program. Hablamos Espanol!