Winner of the Utah New Parent Challenge

24 March 2015 Written by  

Congratulations to Utah parent Jessica Anderson, winner of the Utah New Parent Challenge.  Jessica told us that if a baby expert visited her home, she "would love advice on learning to balance a child with a disability, a preschooler, and a newborn."

The Utah New Parent Challenge was a crowd-sourced contest to gather ideas from new and expecting parents in Utah and to raise awareness of the availability of evidence-based home visiting for parents in need. Evidence-based home visiting programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, are voluntary community health programs that support high-risk new and expecting parents. Scientific studies have found that home visiting programs save taxpayer dollars by reducing rates of preterm birth, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, domestic violence and crime.

However, an important federal funding source for evidence-based homevisiting, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV), will expire this week unless Congress acts to renew it by Tuesday, March 31!

Please let Senators Hatch and Lee know that you support voluntary home visiting! Click here to contact Congress:

Contact Lawmakers to Support Evidence-based Home Visiting Programs 

Learn more about home visiting programs:

Program to help families in need faces funding urgency | Deseret News

Visiting Nurses, Helping Mothers on the Margins | New York Times

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April Young Bennett 300April Young Bennett, Communications Director, joined the organization in 2014. She received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona and her Bachelor in Community Health Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, April worked for the Utah Department of Health for over a decade, addressing health disparities among minorities and other underserved Utahns. She completed internships and fellowships with the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the U.S. Senate.