Caring for Two

General Information

 

Caring For Two is an Allen County Health Department neighborhood outreach program that provides in-home visits during and after pregnancy. (From birth through 2 years old.) The program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Health called Ohio Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative (OIMRI). This program has been in Allen County since May, 2003 providing care coordinating services to eligible participants.

A Community Health Worker (CHW), along with a Licensed Social Worker, will provide these services. A Community Health Worker is a trained advocate from the community who empowers individuals to access community resources through education, outreach, home visits, and referrals.

What is the mission of Caring for Two?

To reduce the African-American infant mortality rate and low birth weight

Who is eligible? 

African-American high risk pregnant women who reside in the 45801 and 45804 zip codes

What are the goals of Caring for Two?

  • To promote early, consistent prenatal care
  • To promote consistent, well-baby check-ups
  • To promote on-time immunizations (shots)

What services and education are provided?

  • Pregnancy education
  • Nutrition education
  • Family planning education
  • Education on the care of newborn and young toddler
  • Healthy lifestyle choices education
  • Referrals

What kind of referrals do you provide?

  • Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
  • Healthy Start/Healthy family medical insurance for pregnant women and their children
  • Prenatal care providers
  •  Pediatricians
  • Food, clothing, baby items etc.
  • Agencies who provide services to families

Click here for the Caring for Two brochure

Male Involvement (Caring for Two) Program

Becoming a father can be exciting, frightening and confusing.  Our Male Involvement Community Health Worker can help address these issues and more. He can provide resources to help you complete your education and find a job.  He can help ease your concerns about the pregnancy and beyond.  There are many resources in the community he will be able to direct you to.  The greatest thing is that he comes to you!

To be a part of this program, you must have a partner that is eligible for enrollment in the Caring For Two program described above.

For more information, please call 419-228-4457 and ask to speak to someone in the Caring For Two program.

Click here for the Male Involvement Program brochure

 

More Information:

Ohio Department of Health Infant Mortality Page