maternal health

maternal health

Strong Families VERMONT. Start at Home

We partner with the Department for Children and Families Child Development Division to deliver a comprehensive system of voluntary home visiting in Vermont. While there can be some variation regarding eligibility or length of service, all home visiting includes trained professionals  – nurses, social workers, child development specialists and more – who meet regularly with expectant parents or caregivers with young children in their homes. Home visitors partner with parents and caregivers to tailor services and resources to best meet the unique needs of each family.

Toxic Stress and Trauma

Childhood experiences, positive or negative, can have a major impact on long-term growth and development, and health. Negative or adverse childhood experiences can contribute to chronic disease, including mental and emotional conditions, in adulthood. These negative experiences are often referred to as toxic stress or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Family Planning and Birth Control

An individual’s ability to access family planning, which allows them to choose whether and when to have children, has a direct impact on ther health and well-being, as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy. Family planning is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility.

Maternal and Child Health Strategic Plan

Vermont’s strategic plan for maternal and child health represents key priorities for the next several years. While this is not a comprehensive list of all of our programs, it addresses program areas where we hope to expand and measures of health that we seek to improve. The Maternal and Child Health strategic plan is aligned with the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant framework.

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