Below are brief descriptions of the home visiting program models currently implemented in the Lowcountry/Pee Dee region of South Carolina, followed by information on the agencies that serve families using each model.
Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America helps families manage life’s challenges by building on their strengths, rather than focusing on correcting weakness. Local programs select the target population to serve, including single parents or families with low income, substance abuse, or domestic violence.
The program model offers weekly home visits, beginning prenatally or within the first three months after a child’s birth. Visits continue until the child is age three to five. In addition, Healthy Families America offers screenings and assessments and may include parent support groups, father involvement programs and job training. Home visitors are selected based on their personal characteristics and willingness to work in culturally diverse communities.
Georgetown Pediatric Center
Low Country Health Care System
Medical University of South Carolina
Community Action to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
Healthy Start is a federal program dedicated to reducing disparities in maternal and infant health status in high risk communities. Healthy Start supports women before, during, and after pregnancy by addressing their health and social service needs, strengthening family resilience, and engaging community partners to enhance systems of care. Healthy Start works to assure access to culturally competent, family-centered and comprehensive health and social services for women, infants and their families.
Pee Dee Healthy Start
Counties served: Florence, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg
Madie A. Robinson, Executive Director
Nurse-Family Partnership is for first-time, low-income mothers and their children. It includes one-on-one home visits by a trained public health nurse with participating clients. The visits begin early in the woman’s pregnancy (with program enrollment no later than the 28th week of gestation) and conclude when children turn 2 years old. During visits nurses work to reinforce maternal behaviors that are consistent with program goals and that encourage positive behaviors and accomplishments. Home visits address prenatal care; caring for an infant; and encouraging the emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children.
McLeod Regional Medical Center of the Pee Dee, Inc./McLeod Home Health
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Lowcountry Region
S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Pee Dee Region
Parents As Teachers
The goal of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness. The PAT model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group meetings, developmental screenings, and linkages and connections for families to needed resources. Parent educators conduct the home visits using structured visit plans and guided planning tools. PAT serves families for at least two years between pregnancy and kindergarten. PAT affiliate programs select the target population they plan to serve and the program duration.