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Great Circle’s Healthy Families program in St. Louis receives national accreditation

Great Circle’s Healthy Families program in St. Louis receives national accreditation

Great Circle’s Healthy Families St. Louis program has received national accreditation by Health Families America.

Healthy Families America, a program of Prevent Child Abuse America, is a nationally recognized, evidence-based home visiting model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.

Healthy Families America strives to provide all expectant and new parents with the opportunity to receive the education and support they need at the time their baby is born. Parental supports, as well as education on appropriate child development, are key factors to reducing risk factors for child abuse/neglect. By building confidence, reducing stress and maximizing the joy of parenting, HFA helps parents and children grow together. Healthy Families home visitors work with new parents to promote:

  • Healthy child development and bonding
  • Positive parent-child interactions
  • Access to medical services and immunizations
  • Developmental screenings
  • Setting goals and planning for the future
  • Linkage to community resources

United States Department of Health and Human Services named HFA a proven home visiting model in 2011.

Congratulations to Great Circle’s Healthy Families America staff for their excellent work. Health Families America St. Louis staff includes Erin Lewis, supervisor, and parent educators Lauren Mueller, Tracy Moore and Tania Varner.

Great Circle’s St. Louis Healthy Families America on-site accreditation visit was held in July of 2015. While the accreditation process can take up to one year, it took Healthy Families St. Louis less than six months to receive this achievement which is a reflection of the high quality of the professional staff and programming in place.