December 19, 2016
Behavioral health company partners with federal Healthy Start program to help families in Middle Tennessee have healthy babies
Nashville, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) — Centerstone, one of the nation's leading not-for-profit behavioral healthcare providers, congratulates the federal Healthy Start program on celebrating 25 years of impacting the health of women, infants, children and their families by providing access to and education around health services and reproductive life planning.
Healthy Start is dedicated to reducing inequalities in maternal and infant health in high risk communities; Centerstone supports women before, during and after pregnancy by addressing their health and social service needs, strengthening family resilience and engaging community partners to enhance systems of care.
With the aid of Healthy Start grant funding, Centerstone’s Early Childhood Services team is caring for Middle Tennessee women and families in Bedford, Coffee, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall and Maury counties.
Centerstone Early Childhood Services are available to women of reproductive age, pregnant women, mothers who have just given birth and families with young children from birth to a child’s second birthday. Additionally the services offered include fatherhood engagement and supporting couples with reproductive life planning.
“We focus on family centered care, bringing parents and babies together through the first two years of life,” said April Scott, Healthy Start Project Director at Centerstone. “Our services include a fatherhood component which works with dads to become better fathers. We also provide parenting support and educational tools to strengthen family resilience. Our goal is to create optimal infant and young child health and development while being engaged with the community.”
Healthy Start works in communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the national average and high rates of low birth weight, preterm birth and maternal mortality. Healthy Start is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“My experience with Centerstone has been enlightening,” said Abby Forsythe, Chair of Centerstone’s Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN). “Being a part of the Centerstone CAN has allowed me to collaborate with others to address infant mortality, prenatal care, breastfeeding, the mental health of mom and baby and many other areas of concerns that are sometimes overlooked because we assume moms and families are receiving this information somewhere else. Centerstone has provided an opportunity to work with a passionate group of people determined to close the gap by working within our community to make sure our families have healthy babies and grow great kids!”
For more information about Centerstone Early Childhood Services, visit centerstone.org/earlychildhood or call 931.490.1580. For more information on Healthy Start in other areas, visit http://maps.jsi.com/healthystart/index.html.
Centerstone is a national, private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) healthcare organization. We provide a comprehensive scope of behavioral health services to the people and communities we serve in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Additionally, we offer specialized life skills development, employment and housing services for adults in southern Illinois with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our organization offers a range of services and supports nationwide to service members, veterans and their loved ones, helping them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives beyond military service. Centerstone also operates the Centerstone Foundation, Centerstone Research Institute, Advantage Behavioral Health, Centerstone Military Services and Centerstone Health Partners. For more information about Centerstone, please visit http://www.centerstone.org.