Whether a Member of Congress, a state legislator or a city council member, it is essential for policy-makers and elected leaders to know that these type of supports and services not only save lives but also save billions of dollars in health care costs. NHSA encourages all members, consumers, and friends of Healthy Start to educate elected officials about the necessity of the Federal Healthy Start Initiative.
To locate your U.S. Senators, visit www.senate.gov.
To locate your Member in the U.S. House of Representatives, visit www.house.gov.
August 5, 2013
Breastfeeding support: Fathers needed
The role of the expectant father and the significance of paternal impact on maternal and child health are often overlooked. We know that men play a vital role in pregnancy and child birth, and research has shown that a father’s involvement has a positive impact on a child’s emotional and psychological state, educational development, and school readiness, as well as increased ability to socialize and build good relationships. In contrast, research suggests that the lack of father involvement can have long- term negative effects on children.
Join NHSA in its efforts to promote the development of MCH programs and increase awareness to the issues of infant mortality, low birthweight and disparities in perinatal health. NHSA members are composed of Healthy Start project directors, maternal and child health professionals, social workers, health care providers, community and outreach workers and other individuals concerned about the well-being of women and children.