Public Health provides education on healthy pregnancy, birth, infant care, parent/child interactions and the importance of early attachment. Promoting sound infant mental health development, including healthy social and emotional development, from birth to age three is a theme integrated throughout Family Health activities.
A Public Health Nurse contacts all mothers of newborns in Kandiyohi County to offer a home visit to provide information on infant care, early attachment, post-partum depression and other health topics, answer questions, connect parents to resources and offer home visits by a public health nurse.
Public Health offers families breastfeeding education, support and connections to resources. In addition to working with individuals, Public Health works at the systems level to reinforce the research-supported belief that breastfeeding is recognized as the normal and preferred method of feeding infants and young children.
Family Home Visiting Program
Parenting can be very rewarding, but often challenging. Family home visiting can help prepare parents for the challenges and provide ongoing support. Parenting is one of the most important jobs you will have, yet has the least amount of training. It can be very rewarding, but often challenging. Family home visiting can help to prepare parents for the challenges and provide ongoing support. (For more information)
Minnesota Expectant and Parenting Student Program (MEPSP)
Receiving a high school diploma/GED, attending college or a vocational program can be a challenge for any student, but when pregnancy and/or parenting is added, it can almost seem impossible. MEPSP can assist expectant and parenting male and female teens and young adults (ages 13 - 24) and their children in achieving their educational goals and improve health and well-being for themselves and their children. For more information (English) (Spanish)
Child Development Tracking Program
Family Health offers the Follow Along child development tracking program as a way for parents of children birth to age 3 to learn about their child's healthy growth and development. Parents can use the program to learn if their child is playing, talking, growing, moving and acting like other children the same age.
Every four to six months, parents receive free developmental and social emotional screening questionnaires in the mail, as well as early childhood development information and fun activities that they can do with their children. The questionnaires are filled out by the parents and returned to Public Health. Families receive phone consultation with a public health professional when there are questions and concerns, including referral assistance and follow up contacts to assure families are connected with supportive services when needed.
The Follow Along program is open to all county residents; there are no eligibility requirements or costs associated with participating in Follow Along. Call (320) 231-7800 to enroll in the program or enroll online at www.health.state.mn.us.mnfap.
Follow Along Ages and Stages Questionnaire example
2200 23rd Str NE, Ste 1020
Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: (320) 231-7800
Toll Free: (877) 464-7800
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