Letter: Agency can help Johnston families

May 16, 2014 

Health Department supporting families

The Johnston County Public Health Department has been providing family support services in Johnston County for many years. Two programs offered include Care Coordination for Children, or CC4C, and Parents as Teachers, or PAT. The Health Department provides these programs at no cost to families, and participation is voluntary.

Care Coordination for Children is a statewide care-management program serving children under 5 years of age who meet eligibility criteria. CC4C, in collaboration with families, strives to improve health-care outcomes for participating children. Care-management services are provided by social workers and registered nurses who are qualified and experienced in working with families and children. Services include assessments to help identify needs, referrals to services and resources and frequent follow-up with the family and child’s doctor regarding progress at meeting needs.

Parents as Teachers is a worldwide, early-childhood parent-education program serving children from birth to age 5. Primary funding for this Health Department program comes from the Johnston County Partnership for Children. PAT supports parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher. Services are provided by trained parent educators who are certified by the Parents As Teachers National Center. Services include monthly home visits to provide developmental information and parenting support, parent-child group meetings, health and developmental screenings, and referrals to community services and resources as needed.

If you would like more information about these programs, call me at 919-989-5200.

Tammy Evans

Coordinator of the programs

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