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Resource Guide

As a partner to A Running Start – Health, we want to provide you with as much support as possible. Please find below resources to help your organization carry out the commitments you’ve made. Feel free to download, print, or order materials to share with your clients or partners.

If your organization has materials that you would like to appear on this resource page, please submit your materials with a brief description to the Special Advisor to the Health Commissioner, Isaac at Isaac.Lief@phila.gov.

Safe Sleep Campaign

In September 2017, the City launched a safe sleep campaign to address the risk of co-sleeping. Visit www.SafeSleepPhilly.org to learn more.

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Breastfeeding Promotion

One of the best things a mother can do for her newborn is breastfeed. It is not always easy, however. With the proper knowledge and resources, providers can serve a crucial role in helping mothers raise a healthy child through breastfeeding.

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Maternal Mental Health/Substance Abuse Problems

The City and our partners have worked together to raise awareness of mental health and substance use issues and provide access to services. We’ve included below resources on perinatal and post-partum depression, as well as a list of Community Behavioral Health (CBH) contracted providers for families enrolled in Medicaid.

Community Behavioral Health has resources available to help mothers with mental health and substance use issues. Call Member Services at 1-888-545-2600 and request to speak with a maternal mental health expert.

Postpartum Depression Video

This video was created by the organizations participating in the Philadelphia Community Action Network (Phila CAN), a collective impact project. If you would like more information about getting involved in the Phila CAN, or are interested in getting this video to show in your office, please contact Samantha Shuster at Samantha.Shuster@phila.gov.

More resources for mothers, families and supports are also available on the Postpartum Depression Philly website at https://ppdphilly.com/.

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Homelessness Prevention & Diversion

In 2018, the City and nonprofit partners launched the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project to keep families and individuals in their homes. More information and resources are available at www.phillytenant.org.

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Early Intervention for Infants/Toddlers With or As Risk for Developmental Delays

Philadelphia’s Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program serves children from birth to age three with developmental delays. These services are free for the family and can be delivered in the home, community or at the child’s day care. Below are brochures with information on how organizations can refer to Early Intervention, information for families that have been referred, and fact sheets on what the program is.

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Early Childhood Education

High-quality early childhood education is a critical component of a improving children’s health. A Running Start – Health, in partnership with A Running Start – Early Learning, seeks to enroll more children in high quality programs. Not sure what makes a program “high quality”? Need help determining eligibility for financial assistance? Check out the resources below!

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  • Click here to Tweet: “High quality early education can give children the Running Start in life they deserve! That’s why we’re committed to the City’s children health agenda, #RunningStartPHL, which focuses on getting more children in the best programs! More: RunningStartHealth.phila.gov”

Home Hazards Remediation

As part of the City’s work to reduce hazards inside the home, the health department is raising awareness about lead safety certification requirements and how to prevent lead exposure among young children. More information on lead in Philadelphia and associated programs can be found here.

These materials are also available on our order form.

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  • Click here to Tweet: “Unsafe exposure to lead in children can cause mental and physical developmental delays. But it can be prevented! #RunningStartPHL”
  • Click here to Tweet: “High blood lead levels are dangerous, especially for children. As part of #RunningStartPHL we’re committed to improving children’s health by decreasing lead exposure citywide. More: RunningStartHealth.phila.gov

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Philadelphia’s Board of Health recently made recommendations to help improve nutrition and promote physical activity in early childhood settings. To learn more about these recommendations for healthy nutrition and physical activity in early childhood, visit the resources page at FoodFitPhilly.org.

These materials are also available on our order form.

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Resource Guide on Recommendations: The Board of Health’s recommendations for childcare providers are summarized in this resource guide, which also includes information to help early childhood education providers and caregivers meet those goals.

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