HBHC is a program funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) designed to help children in Ontario have a healthy start in life and provide them with opportunities to reach their potential. This voluntary program is delivered through Ontario’s 36 public health units (PHUs) in partnership with hospitals and other community partners. The program consists of universal screening with targeted assessments and interventions for families and children from the prenatal period until their transition to school. Find out more about this important program on the MCYS website.
In 2012–13, MCYS introduced enhancements to strengthen the HBHC program. PHO was commissioned to evaluate the process of implementing the enhanced HBHC program over the first six months of implementation across Ontario.
Evaluating the implementation of the HBHC program enables continuous quality improvement of the program itself and the results can inform the process for implementing changes in other public health and community programs.
The main findings are summarized in the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Process Implementation Evaluation: Executive summary.
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