A home visiting program modelled on the United States’ Healthy Families America program, this project provided long-term services to families with their first child. Participating families struggled with factors such as poverty, isolation, youth (many were teen parents), substance abuse, and violence. The goal of the project was to promote positive child–parent interaction, ensure healthy child development, support parents’ functional development, and increase parents’ knowledge of community supports. Participating families were linked with a “family visitor” who made weekly visits, providing parents with education, skill development, and links to community resources. Families rated the program excellent or good, and the program helped most families to use positive parenting strategies regularly. Overall, clients thought the program helped them become more confident in making community contact.
The full report for this project is available on the Alberta Health and Wellness web site at http://www.health.gov.ab.ca/system/key/phc/projects/Westview/Healthy%20families/description.htm
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.