Healthy Women Healthy Families

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The Partnership implements the New Jersey Department of Health’s Healthy Women Healthy Families initiative in Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, and Union counties.  The goal of the program is to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for women of childbearing age and their families, while reducing racial, ethnic and economic disparities in those outcomes.

Healthy Women Healthy Families is comprised of several key components:

Connecting NJ*
This county-based single point of entry system connects women with the assistance they need for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.  Connecting NJ provides referrals to community resources, medical care, Home Visiting Programs, Healthy Women Healthy Families, Doula Programs, and social support agencies.  Connecting NJ simplifies and streamlines the referral process for obstetrical/prenatal care providers, other community agencies, and families.

Community Health Workers
Through community outreach efforts and vast resource network, Community Outreach Workers identify and enroll women and their families in appropriate care and provide personalized support.  These trusted community members offer vital information about reproductive health, prenatal services, and postpartum services through resource referral, individual support plans, and informational workshops.  The Partnership collaborates with several community partners to reach diverse neighborhoods.

CenteringPregnancy®, a program created by the Centering Healthcare Institute, is designed to improve health outcomes for pregnant women through connection with other expectant mothers.  Expectant mothers with similar due dates receive prenatal care in a group setting leading up to childbirth. These group appointments feature facilitated discussions on relevant topics, including nutrition, pregnancy health, infant care, and relationships. The physician actively participates in the discussion group and spends time with each woman individually during the visit, which results in a stronger physician/patient relationship. CenteringPregnancy® fosters a sense of community among the mothers, provides practical resources, and reduces pregnancy complications.

Currently, the Partnership collaborates with Alliance Community Healthcare  in Jersey City and St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson to offer CenteringPregenancy.

Breastfeeding Support

Mocha Movement: A Breastfeeding Community was created to offer a space that is helpful and supportive for all interested in breastfeeding. Our group provides discussions centered around parenting and healthier infant feeding, connections to community resources, meetings, and fun activities.
Mocha Movement is unique compared to other mommy groups because the group is facilitated by a Certified Lactation Counselor, Melanie Hutton. Ms. Hutton also breastfed her three children and overcame tremendous obstacles to be successful and uses the experience, skills, and education gained to provide support to this group.We look forward to welcoming any family interested in joining us and strengthening our efforts to create a culture that is focused on increasing the health and wellbeing of our parents and babies.This group was created to offer helpful and supportive tools to increase breastfeeding initiation and success to those who seek it. Mocha Movement aims to offer an instant network of positive support, opportunities to learn from other moms, healthy infant feeding information, and connections to valuable community resources all while having a great time. Our group is unique because we focus on your goals and plans as a parent and meet you where you are in your breastfeeding journey to produce the best health outcome for you and your family.Learn more and register here. 

*The New Jersey Department of Children and Families provides funding for Connecting NJ in Passaic County.

Connecting NJ – get connected to family support programs:
Bergen & Passaic Counties  – 973-942-3630
Hudson & Union Counties – 201-876-8900
Morris County – (973) 343-2650




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