ERIC Number: ED241218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Hope for High Risk Infants and Their Families: A Glimpse at Three Demonstration Projects.
Keeling, Maud; And Others
The pamphlet describes three Hogg Foundation-funded Texas programs (one exclusively hospital-based, one hospital-based with extensive linkages to community resources, and one community-based) which serve predominantly high-risk, low-income Mexican American families. First described are social work services connected with the Driscoll Foundation Children's Hospital Neonatal Unit, which serves Corpus Christi and a large, sparsely-populated rural area, with many newborns referred by physicians in surrounding counties. The article notes that parents cannot always accompany children to the hospital, so social workers provide crucial support for parents experiencing separation from infants during hospitalization, death of an infant, or prospects of lifetime care for severely-disabled infants. Austin's Program Padres e Hijos (Parent-Child Program) is described as a low-cost project emphasizing nonformal, in-home education based on the cultural values of the Mexican American community to enhance parenting skills and promote physical and mental health of infants. A final article discusses the Mexican American Preterm Project (San Antonio), which concentrates on infants weighing less than 2 1/2 pounds at birth, and aims to identify the needs of parents with regard to their newborns and enhance family stability by providing consultation and referrals to specialized service programs in the community. (MH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Rearing, Community Health Services, Cultural Context, Disabilities, Family Counseling, Health Education, Health Needs, Health Services, High Risk Persons, Home Programs, Hospitalized Children, Hospitals, Infants, Low Income, Mexican Americans, Neonates, Nutrition Instruction, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Premature Infants, Preschool Education, Social Workers
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, P.O. Box 7998, Austin, TX 78712, ($0.50 ea.; 25-49 copies $0.48, 50-99 $0.46, 100 or more $0.44 ea).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.