The City of Chicago announced plans for implementing a Family Connects pilot program at four hospitals in the city, beginning a process to ensure every new baby and mother, regardless of race, background or income, has access to home visiting and community resources.
“We are very excited that Mayor Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) are beginning these four Family Connects programs,” Diana Rauner, President of The Ounce of Prevention Fund, said. “This is a major step toward ensuring that all Chicago families with a new baby have an opportunity to connect with the kinds of supports they need at such a pivotal stage of life. In doing this, the Mayor and CDPH are helping to ensure that Chicago’s babies have the best chances for a strong and healthy early start in life.”
Family Connects uses an evidence-based model for supporting newborns and their families from the earliest stages of a child’s life. The program connects new mothers with home visitors, reducing emergency medical care costs and building strong, collaborative relationships among community partners.
The Ounce has proudly provided technical assistance and support for the first two Family Connects Illinois programs in Peoria and Stephenson Counties.
Family Connects Chicago and Family Connects Illinois are both components of Family Connects International at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy. Family Connects is being actively replicated in over 15 locations across the country, including in Illinois.
To learn more, see below for media coverage on the Family Connects Chicago pilot program:
- ABC 7 Chicago: Mayor Lightfoot, City to announce pilot program to support newborns, mothers at 4 Chicago hospitals
- Chicago Sun-Times: Lightfoot launches ‘Family Connects Chicago’ program to combat infant mortality
- Chicago Tribune: Chicago parents of newborns will receive free nurse visits at home
- Univision Chicago: Anuncian programa piloto para apoyar a los recién nacidos y las madres en 4 hospitales de Chicago
- WGN-TV: Nurses to visit Chicago parents with newborns at home under new pilot program