Engaging the community to improve

children's health in Hampton Roads

HEALTHY START IS A NATIONAL PROJECT CREATED TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF MOTHERS, FATHERS AND BABIES.

THE VIRGINIA HEALTHY START PROGRAM SERVE THE CITIES OF NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH

 

       

                                                                                                                                                                                               

LOVING STEPS WANTS TO HELP YOU

Babies don't come with instructions, you may have a lot of questions, let our community heatlh workers be there for you.

The Loving Steps team can help you get the care you need during your pregnancy and after your baby is born

 WE FOLLOW THE FIVE HEALTHY START APPROACHES::

  1. Improve women’s health before, during and after pregnancy
  2. Promote quality services, with a focus on required core competencies and standardized interventions
  3. Strengthen family resilience, by engaging both parents and addressing some of the stressors that underly many disparities in birth outcomes
  4. Achieve collective impact, serving as a community hub that drives collective improvements
  5. Increase accountability through quality improvement, performance monitoring and evaluation.

 

 

The Loving Steps Team will:

 Visit and answer questions

Give support and encouragement

Help you understand information you receive from your provider

Teach you about taking care of yourself and your baby

Help you get other services in the community

Teach you how to choose healthy foods

Keep in close contact with you until your child turns 18 months

 

 

The Healthy Start Work Group helps us achieve these goals within the community. 

For more resources, see below:

WWW.VDHLiveWell.com/homevisits 

Virginia Department of Health - http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/family-home-visiting/healthy-start-loving-steps/

Healthy Start Epic Center - http://healthystartepic.org/     

Loving Steps Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/EVMSLovingSteps

Virgina Healthy Start Initiative-EVMS https://www.evms.edu/community/community_health_initiatives/virginia_healthy_start_initiative_-_loving_steps/ 

 

AWARENESS PROJECTS

 

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

 October 2021

National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month is observed throughout the month of October. During this time we honor and remember those who have lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, SIDS, or any other causes of pregnancy or infant death. 

Click HERE to review the work of the Healthy Start Loving Steps program and it's community partners during this awareness month.

 

National Prematurity Awareness Month

NOVEMBER 2021

World Prematurity Day is honored each year on November 17 to increase awareness about preterm births. The EVMS Healthy Start Loving Steps Program and its partners will come together for a Laps for Little Ones event as we walk 70 miles collectively amongst the community to bring awareness. 

 
Wear your Purple for Preemie and comfortable shoes for our first Annual "Laps for Little Ones Walk."
 
Click Here to register for event on Eventbrite. 
 
Click Here to download the "Laps for Little Ones" Walking Log to be submitted to Tangela Randall at jtrandall04@gmail.com by November 16, 2021.
 
Click Here for virtual walking locations on "The Elizabeth River Trail." 

 

 

 

 

What's Happening

Obesity Prevention Workgroup
Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30pm

Respiratory Health Workgroup
Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 9-10:30 am

Healthy Start/Healthy Families Workgroup
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm

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