The AHBHC Program is a prevention/ Intervention plan for Aboriginal families with children with a primary focus on children up to 6 years of age. The program is to assist with preparation of parenting, prenatal, post natal care and early childhood development.
The AHBHC program is to be delivered through the following primary components:
- Home visits: intake and information gathering, identifying family strengths, development of family support plan and provide post-natal contact within 72 hours.
- Family Support Assessments: On-going review of progress and support through family support plan, identify additional support, referrals to other support services.
- Service Coordination: Connecting or linking families to programs and services, attendance at consultation with nurse, elders, midwives, social services and case management and conferencing.
Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development has inclusive programs with set goals & objectives as followed:
Aboriginal Head Start-on reserve:
- Provide early interventions in the lives of community children and families living on-reserve.
- Encourage and support the well-being of children, individuals and families through community interaction and approaches
- Support projects containing the six program components: promotion and protection of First Nations cultures and languages, nutrition, education, health, promotion, social support program s and parental and family involvement.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Program
- To reduce FASD births
- To help make life better for children who have FASD and their families
- To detect early identification, assessment and diagnosis for children
- To increase professional training for frontline workers.
Maternal Child Health Program
- To improve health outcomes for pregnant First Nation women and families with infants and young children up to 6 years of age, who live on-reserve, by implementing a comprehensive Maternal Child Health Program
- Increase participation of father involvement of Maternal Child Health Programming.
- Increase elder involvement by supporting pregnant women and families with infants and young children.
Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program
The goal of the Canada Prenatal Nutritional Program (CPNP) is to improve maternal and infant nutritional health by providing a greater depth of service to women earlier in their pregnancy and for a longer duration postpartum with a particular focus on those at high risk.
- Improve the adequacy of the nutrition of prenatal and breast feeding of First Nation women living in the communities.
- Increase access to nutrition information, services and resources to eligible First Nation women living in community- particularly those at high risk
- Increase breast feeding initiation and duration rates.
- Increase knowledge and skill building opportunities for those involved in this program.
- Increase the number of infants fed age-appropriate foods in the first twelve months.
- Maternal nourishment
- Nutrition screening, counseling, education
- Breast feeding promotion, education, support
- Support access to the program
- Support activities that are linked to healthy birth outcomes.