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City Action Plan

What city agencies can and will do to support these interventions.

SAFE SLEEP CAMPAIGN

  • Develop digital and print campaign materials
  • Distribute materials though mass media and home visiting programs

BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION

  • Support delivery hospitals to become Baby Friendly

HOME VISITING FOR INFANTS

  • Develop a centralized intake system for home visiting programs
  • Provide tools to help home visiting programs assess and address home hazards and other key child health risks
  • Co-enroll children in home visiting and high-quality early learning as needed

MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH/SUBSTANCE USE PROBLEMS

  • Provide substance abuse and mental health treatment for parents & children
  • Enhance capacity of mental health providers to treat pregnant and postpartum women with depression
    Identify parents receiving government services who have substance use and mental health problems and refer to treatment
  • Monitor compliance with treatment for mothers in Department of Human Services system

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION & DIVERSION

  • Provide financial assistance to families at risk of eviction
  • Assess families for homelessness and divert to housing resources
  • Provide emergency housing, transitional housing, and permanent housing for families that become homeless

ABUSE PREVENTION/PARENTING SUPPORTS

  • Refer pregnant women in Department of Human Services system to home visiting programs
  • Provide family empowerment services and case management for high-risk families
  • Provide out-of-school-time programs

EARLY INTERVENTION FOR INFANTS/TODDLERS WITH OR AT RISK FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS

  • Provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment for parents and children
  • Enhance capacity of mental health providers to treat pregnant and postpartum women with depression
    Identify parents receiving government services who have substance use and mental health problems and refer to treatment
  • Monitor compliance with treatment for mothers in DHS system

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

  • Increase children 0-5 enrolled in high-quality early education
  • Ensure outreach to hard-to-reach families
  • Increase enrollment in high-quality programs for children who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, or in Department of Human Services system

IDENTIFICATION & REMEDIATION OF HOME HAZARDS

  • Ensure that public housing, publicly-subsidized housing, and Office of Homeless Services-contracted and subsidized housing sites are free of hazards
  • Offer owners financial assistance with the Basic Systems Repair Program
  • Enforce law requiring landlord certification of lead safe/lead free units
  • Remediate or enforce remediation of lead paint risks for children with lead levels > 10 µg/dL
  • Expand home asthma trigger remediation for children with persistent asthma
  • Develop materials promoting child locks and gun safety locks
  • Provide no-cost smoke/CO detectors and installation

NUTRITION & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN CHILD CARE

  • Clarify City recommendations and visit centers to promote compliance

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