Public Health helps young families
Bloomington Public Health nurses have provided home visiting to families for more than 40 years in the cities of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield. When Public Health expanded its home visiting services in 2007, it joined partner agencies to form the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families. Since then, 178 Bloomington families have enrolled, receiving 7,224 home visits.
Through this partnership, Public Health is able to offer Healthy Families America (HFA)—an evidence-based home visiting model program. Research shows that HFA home visiting helps improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families as well as increasing school readiness.
Those who receive HFA service are either pregnant or parenting new babies. The goal of the home visiting program is to promote healthy pregnancy, early childhood development and long-term health outcomes through discussion with a nurse. Families can enroll in the program during pregnancy or within three months after the birth of a baby. Enrollees receive weekly home visits for the first 6 – 18 months and continue with decreasing frequency up to age four.
For more information, call 952-563-8910 or visit blm.mn/publichealth.