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PHO Webinar: Engaging Fathers in Home Visiting

Fathers have a central and important role in promoting their child’s health and development. Home visitation programs for pregnant individuals and families with infants often focus on providing strategies to promote parental attachment and engagement with their infants. However, current evidence suggests that paternal engagement in home visitation programs is infrequent or inconsistent. There are also different patterns of paternal engagement and participation in home visitation. Understanding of these different patterns of participation are important for home visitation programs looking to tailor programming to increase father engagement.

Intended audience: Public health nurses, family home visitors, nursing supervisors, community-based professionals who work with pregnant individuals and families with infants and young children.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • List the benefits of engaging fathers in home visiting.
  • Describe the characteristics of father participation and engagement in home visiting.
  • Consider different approaches for tailoring home visitation programming to safely increase the engagement of fathers.

Presenter(s): Dr. Susan Jack

Dr. Susan Jack, RN, PhD, FCA, is a Professor in the School of Nursing, McMaster University. As a leader in public health nursing practice, education, and research, her work focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions to improve maternal, infant, and family health outcomes. As the lead of the Public Health Nursing Practice Research and Education Program, she is committed to advancing public health nursing practice and education.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Published 1 Sep 2023