Beginning in the prenatal period, each family receives tailored monthly home visits by an experienced Patient Navigator that includes education and skill building in child development and parenting aligned to the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum. The PAT model ensures early detection of developmental delays and health issues; helps prevent child abuse and neglect; and increases children’s school readiness. Families receive comprehensive family assessments, child development screenings using the Ages and Stages tool, regular group connections and at least 12 personal visits per year.
Women are screened regularly for depression in both the prenatal and postpartum period using the Edinburgh Depression Screening Tool (PHQ-9), and referred to PCI’s Health Education and Action for Living (HEAL) mental health support and depression prevention groups or additional mental health services as needed.
The program also engages fathers and partners of participants through its Fatherhood program, which works with fathers to better support the health of their families, improve their own health and build healthy, resilient families. Women without partners or family support are also provided with a PCI-trained volunteer doula to assist them in preparing for birth, support them in labor and delivery, and to visit them in the home once they return from the hospital.