Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
Good physical and social emotional health are indicators of a young child’s overall well-being. Children do best when they receive regular medical and dental care, good nutrition and physical activity, and a nurturing environment that enhances the social emotional well-being of the child. It’s also critical that homes are safe and free of hazards that can cause injury or illness.
Health First Colorado Guidance Tool
It is critical to help Coloradans easily navigate their way to the right health coverage solution. That means providing clear guidance on what Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP ) will cover, how to apply, how to find a doctor and who to call with questions. To that end, HCPF has developed a coverage guidance tool that answers these questions and ultimately helps Coloradans stay covered during this economic downturn.
TRI-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (TCHD): MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMS
1) Baby & Me–Tobacco Free
2) HCP-Children & Youth with Special Needs: services for children with special needs.
3) Nurse Family Partnership (NFP): voluntary, community health visitation program for women who are having their first baby. This program is dedicated to helping first time mothers of any age have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and successful parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life.
4) Support for Pregnancy-Related Depression and Anxiety: pregnancy can be exciting, scary, thrilling and difficult all at the same time. For many women, however, they feel anxious or depressed during pregnancy or after the baby is born.
5) WIC (Women, Infants, Children): Learn about the benefits of the WIC Program.
6) Access to Healthy Food: learn about WIC community gardens.
7) Breastfeeding: Protect you and your child’s health while breastfeeding.
Cooking Matters Food Skills Education and Family Support Resources
- Check out https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4Q2dNW_z5sGPXlNrnVGCWA for cooking and shopping tips in addition to snack and meal recipe demos in English and Spanish.
- http://cookingmatters.org/sites/default/files/Cooking_Matters_at_Home_Activities_for_Kids_compressed.pdf (PDF) offers fun games and activities that kids can enjoy on their own while learning about healthy foods.
- The https://cookingmatters.org/exploring-food-together toolkit has simple activities that adults caring for young children can use to help kids learn about new foods and start building the skills to make healthy food choices
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOR RESOURCES
[Intro] We all require healthy social & emotional development – even babies! And just as physical health enables us to have the energy we need to work and live our lives, social & emotional mental health allows us to have positive relationships with others, cope with life’s challenges, and manage our emotions. Teaching social and emotional skills prepares children for success in school and throughout their lives.
Please see the following links according to your child’s age:
1) 0-8 mos. Parent_cust_0-8m DCECC updated
2) 9-18 mos. Parent_cust_9-18m DCECC updated
3) 19 mos. – 36 mos. Parent_cust_19-36m DCECC updated
4) 3-5 yrs. Parent_cust_3-5y DCECC updated
5) 5-8 yrs. Parent_cust_5-8y DCECC updated
All Health Network offers both individual and family play therapy with a licensed professional counselor. When recommended by the therapist or requested by a parent, therapy is coupled with an evaluation by an on-staff child psychiatrist. All Health Network also offers a variety of therapy groups as well as educational and support groups. Some provide opportunities for children to express themselves, learn from others, and identify with positive role models, while other groups focus on increasing family unity.
Call 303-730-8858 for intake appointment or visit:
http://www.allhealthnetwork.org/ for more information.
**Many services are free or low cost for uninsured or under insured children and their families.
SAFE SLEEP: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP) ANNOUNCES NEW SAFE SLEEP RECOMMENDATIONS
Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics is designed to help reduce those numbers. They recommend supine positioning (baby on its back), the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. Additional recommendations for SIDS reduction include breastfeeding, avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs, routine immunization, and the use of a pacifier. The recommendations and strength of evidence for each recommendation are included in this policy statement.
Read more: Safe Sleep Guidance BrochureFFN