Parent Promise and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center’s Right Track programprovides new parents education and support after returning home with their newborns. Before leaving the hospital after delivery, parents receive information about the services offered and a care/resource package. Parent educators schedule an appointment to visit the family within a few weeks of hospital dismissal.
Melinda Campbell, MSW, LCSW with INTEGRIS Case Management, says timely in-home visitation and support can make a tremendous difference in the lives of their patients, especially in monitoring concerns like the development of postpartum depression and following safe sleep recommendations.
Sherry Fair, executive director of Parent Promise, calls the new program “groundbreaking.” Parent Promise is a nonprofit organization offering home-based support programs to assist parents in creating a loving, nurturing and safe home. The Women’s Center at INTEGRIS has been a top referral source for Parent Promise.
“The earlier we can begin working with vulnerable families, the better opportunity these families have to start on a path to parenting success,” said Fair. “This program is a front-line effort in the direction of providing more nurturing homes and families, ensuring children are on a healthy track physically and emotionally.”
The program is free to patients due to funding provided through grants from the Arnall Family Foundation and the INTEGRIS Foundation. Find out more about the educational resources and support available through Parent Promise at parentpromise.org.