22% of women feel down, depressed or helpless after birth.
94% of U.S. Families need at least one education or community research within 5 weeks of birth.
(Source: Public Health Institute of Metro Chicago 2017 City of Chicago Home Visiting Landscape Analysis)
- Systems not coordinated; creating duplication & families slipping thru the cracks
- Many services are not evidence-based*
- Services only focus on those determined 'at-risk'
- Families face barriers to enrolling in services
Family Connects program
- Screen all moms, newborns, families to learn their needs
If they’re screened, they’re reached, they will request services
- Respond to immediateness through brief interventions, education and support
- Respond to longer term needs via referrals with warm hand off
- Identify service delivery gaps to improve resource allocation and inform policy
- Home visits yields data, data is shared thru Community Engagement, helps city to align with the true needs of families in a culturally-competent way
Nurse makes bedside visit shortly after birth, offers home visit 3 weeks later. No cost to recipient, offered universally to help all families, not just those identified as at-risk. Services provided will cater to family requests.
6 Regional Alignment bodies will do the work of collecting data and information to best serve their community/part of the city.
"You reference evidence-based engagement, but there are only 3 current partners and there is no advisory board. I am not hearing there is community-based participation."
"I’m not seeing any participation from established, community-based organizations; I’m hearing more of a medical knowledge approach. It should be a community driven approach."
Vidis responds: “We don’t necessarily have the expertise or capacity to do that hyperlocal work, but we are trying to build that in to our program.”
"There has to be a stronger emphasis in building structures that support the (existing) communities."