Healthy Steps for Young Children

Healthy Steps for Young Children provides timely well child visits/ immunizations and increases parental knowledge of child development, healthy eating habits, and obesity prevention. In addition, the program seeks to improve access to care for all patients and their families. Healthy Steps has 662 families enrolled.

The goals of the Healthy Steps for Young Children program include timely well child visits/immunizations and increasing parental knowledge of child development, healthy eating habits, and obesity prevention. In addition, the program seeks to improve access to care for all patients and their families.

Outcomes

In 2013:

  • Healthy Steps had 639 families enrolled, and 158 new referrals were made. Healthy Steps specialists conducted 1604 office visits. The specialists conducted 70 early intervention visits.
  • Healthy Steps Home Visiting Program has 31 families enrolled. The social workers have conducted 123 home visits, and they have participated in 197 pediatric well child visits and 34 prenatal OB visits with expectant mothers.
  • The family advocate conducted 29 home visits to further support these families with information on resources, play activities, and more.
  • The Healthy Steps specialist collaborated with Sue Ellen Oblom from the Revere Council for Families and Children to host some literacy groups for preschoolers.
  • The Community Breastfeeding Support Program provided training, support and encouragement to women served by the program from March- August 2013.  The program components included:  1) A Prenatal Breastfeeding Group, which was offered once every 2 months to all pregnant mothers in the practice.  Mothers and their primary support network (fathers, extended family, etc.) participated in a group discussion about breastfeeding, 2) Breastfeeding Training was provided to 75% of Pediatric and Family Medicine staff and OB support staff.  3)  Phone Support: Parents of babies 5-10 days old who were breastfeeding received 1-2 phone calls to follow up on breastfeeding.  They were offered additional appointments with trained Lactation Support staff as needed. 4) A Breastfeeding Resource packet was created to give to staff and patients. 
  • MGH Revere was able to start a Parents as Teachers program. A parent educator was hired to conduct home visits with eligible families in this evidenced-based program, and staff attended the Parents as Teachers model trainings. Eleven families were referred to the program, and six families accepted the program. Three families were enrolled, and five home visits were conducted.
  • The MGH Revere Health Center received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health-Family Home Visiting Program to expand the current Healthy Steps Program to reach those families at highest risk within the communities served. A Healthy Steps social worker was hired in July 2012 to begin providing services to those families most at risk for maternal depression, behavioral health issues, substance use, domestic violence, and family stress. A second social worker also provides services. A family advocate assists the families in accessing resources and coordinates the Raising a Reader program with interested families.