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Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and is designed to help children in Ontario have a healthy start in life. The program is delivered by Ontario’s 36 public health units in partnership with hospitals, midwives, and other primary care and community partners for families and children from the prenatal period until their transition to school. The program consists of universal screening to identify various biophysical and psychosocial risks to healthy development, with targeted assessments and home visiting interventions for vulnerable families and children.
In 2012–13, MCYS introduced enhancements to strengthen the HBHC program, which included a new HBHC Screen, a universal 48-hour contact in the postpartum period, the introduction of a screening liaison nurse (SLN) model to collaborate with community partners, and the introduction of standardized education and training to use evidence-informed interventions during home visiting. MCYS commissioned PHO to conduct a process implementation evaluation of the enhanced HBHC program. This evaluation examined the results of the first six months of implementation and impacts on all program activities in order to provide information on the degree to which the HBHC program changes are being followed. This presentation will describe the evaluation framework, methods used, key findings, and lessons learned through the evaluation process.
Presenter: Dr. Heather Manson
Dr. Heather Manson engages with researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in core areas (reproductive, child and youth health, tobacco control, healthy living, oral health, chronic disease and injury prevention) to generate and accelerate the application of evidence into policy and practice through supporting public health research, evaluation, and knowledge synthesis. Dr. Manson’s team also provides significant support for public health capacity building activities including training, tools, workshops, and webinars to improve capacity in the public health workforce.
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