Aboriginal Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program (AHBHC)
Goal of the Program
Aboriginal Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program (AHBHC) is designed to ensure that all Aboriginal families and their children (prenatal to age six) who need assistance with physical, emotional, mental and social issues have access to effective, consistent early intervention services. To provide the best opportunities for healthy child development through home visiting, services coordination, parenting groups, cultural teachings and traditions and referrals. As well as to address the children at risk, to ensure that they have access to series and support that will address their needs. AHBHC program is voluntary and open to any Aboriginal family that requests the services. Aboriginal families may also access the provincial program via the local public health unit.
- To improve the long term health prospects of children aged 0-6 years. The program includes pre-and post-natal screening and assessment, home visits, service cooperation and support for service integration.
- Prepare, assess, design, develop, implement and evaluate two provincial training sessions.
- To provide program support to AHBHC workers; undertake tasks that could lead to program enrichment and possible expansion.
The purpose of the Aboriginal Healthy Babies, Healthy Children (AHBHC) program is to help all Aboriginal children in Ontario get the best start in life. Primarily client based series to families and children. Supporting the parents through pregnancy, birth, and child rearing is critical in promoting the best health and development of infants and young children; offering support and access to culturally appropriate, early intervention and prevention services.