This Capital Health Region project involved intensive home visits providing long-term services to families with their first child. It partnered with many community agencies, including public health centres, traditional healing societies, and child and family services to target families at risk of poor health outcomes for their children as a result of poverty or social factors. The project aimed to improve parenting by increasing parents’ knowledge and use of community support and by assisting them in improving their personal development. It also sought to improve the child’s health and development. The families involved expressed a high level of satisfaction with the services, as did staff and other stakeholders. The parents’ knowledge of their children’s development increased, and most parents said their relationship with their children improved because of the program. The study also noted a decrease in the number of infants being taken to emergency departments.
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/Capital/Healthy_Families/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.