Bringing Fathers In Fact Sheets

This set of 9 fact sheets for programs that serve families makes the case and provides implementation tips for fully and effectively engaging fathers. The fact sheets describe the importance of involved fathers for improving maternal and child health outcomes, supporting children’s early learning and reducing family and community violence. They also provide best practice do’s and don’ts, tips for attracting fathers to programs, and father-inclusive evaluation strategies.

Participant Recruitment and Retention Partner Involvement

Changing Systems & Practice to Improve Outcomes for Young Fathers, Their Children & Their Families

This policy report highlights the need to support young fathers by providing recommendations for child welfare system policy and practice change. Research shows that the relationship between fathers and their children is essential to the well-being of families and the healthy development of children, however little attention is paid to the importance of engaging young fathers under age 26, particularly young fathers who are involved with child welfare systems. This report provides recommendations on how systems can better focus on father involvement to increase positive outcomes for fathers, their children and families.

Case Management/Care Coordination Intimate Partner Violence Parenting Education Participant Recruitment and Retention Partner Involvement

Healthy Start Regional Meeting (NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

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Father/Partner Involvement Participant Recruitment and Retention Quality Improvement

Healthy Start Regional Meeting (PA)

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Common Agenda Father/Partner Involvement Participant Recruitment and Retention Socio-emotional Development for Children

Healthy Start Regional Meeting (NJ, DC, MD)

Meeting Materials:

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Case Management-Care Coordination: Moving Participants from Here to There |  Slides
  • Understanding the Evaluation Process for Healthy Start Projects | Slides
  • Participant Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement | Slides
  • The Community Reference System | Worksheet
  • Top 100 Engagement | Worksheet
  • The Stakeholder Engagement Wheel | Worksheet
  • DC, MD, NJ Healthy Start Projects | Slides
  • MCH Title V Block Grant | Handout
  • Healthy Start EPIC Center | Services Offered Handout
  • The Healthy Start Collective Impact Peer Learning Network | Overview Handout

Case Management/Care Coordination Community Engagement Participant Recruitment and Retention Program evaluation

Ask the Expert: The Value of Integrating Trauma Informed Care for the Healthy Start Community

Exposure to traumatic events is an extremely common occurrence in the U.S. In fact, most individuals, particularly women and girls, will experience multiple traumatic events as children and throughout their lives. These experiences have the potential to dramatically impact behavioral health which subsequently often translates into challenges with physical, mental and social well-being. In this brief introduction to these issues, we will present an overview of the prevalence of traumatic exposure and the relationship of trauma to health. In addition, we will provide basic introductory information and principles on the concept and implementation of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). Understanding trauma and incorporating TIC principles into Healthy Start programs has the potential to prevent retraumatization and better engage participants in care and services. Please join the EPIC Center and Michelle Hoersch, Region V Coordinator for the Office on Women’s Health for a 60 minute Ask the Expert webinar which will cover the importance of integrating trauma-informed care specific to the Healthy Start community. Ms. Hoersch will also share valuable resources for learning more about the approach. During the webinar, you will have ample opportunity to ask Ms. Hoersch questions.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the terms “trauma exposure” and “adverse childhood experiences”
  • Be knowledgeable about the prevalence of various common traumatic events in the U.S.
  • Increase awareness of the relationship among exposure to traumatic events and behavioral, physical and mental health, and well-being
  • Be aware of the concept of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and basic principles of TIC and how to make simple adjustments to programming and service delivery to dramatically reduce risk of retraumatization and increase likelihood of improved engagement in care
  • Access trauma-informed care resources and training opportunities

Webinar Materials:

Case Management/Care Coordination Cultural Competence Depression EBP Implementation Participant Recruitment and Retention

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