The Chicago Family Connects (CFC) program is a pilot program that provides Family Connects services to about 3,000-4,000 new mothers and babies in the Chicago area. New mothers at our partner hospitals will be offered a home visit prior to hospital discharge regardless of their income. Those that accept, will be seen in their home within 3 weeks. Mothers and newborns will be screened for health, safety, and family well-being; receive immediate response to identified needs by providing on-the-spot interventions, education and support with the goal of reducing maternal and infant mortality. Appropriate referrals to formal and informal services (including other state funded programs like evidence-based home visiting, including Healthy Families Illinois, Family Case Management, Women's Infant and Children (WIC), and Early Head Start) will be made to improve agency coordination and ensure a seamless experience for participants using follow-up services.
The program is designed to: identify and prioritize family needs by providing a universal service intervention designed to address factors that contribute to increased risk (consistent with recommendations in the Illinois Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Report issued by IDPH). This new model has the potential to fill the need to address infant and maternal mortality and the significant racial disparity in the City of Chicago and Illinois. The Family Connects program is operational in 16 other states, is evidenced based, and shows potential for statewide implementation to provide critical links to the systems of support and care to reduce the infant/maternal mortality rate, which is the primary goal of the Bureau of Maternal Child Health.
Bureau Page: Maternal and Child Health
Email: Bureau of Maternal & Child Health
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