Many hospitals reach out to their community by offering
parenting education programs. In this edition of LEADER, Michelle
shares her views.
What led to the decision to offer parenting education at
Clark Memorial Hospital?
The president and CEO of our hospital, Timothy Jarm, felt
that we had an opportunity as a hospital to connect with families
the day a child is born. He and the director of our Community
Outreach program, Sue Phillips, recruited me to come and work
with our families. The hope was that by reaching out to parents
of infants and very young children, we could give parents the
tools, skills and resources needed to prevent children from developing
the behaviors and attitudes that lead to unhealthy lifestyle
|It takes an entire community
of adults to raise successful children. We call our program Building
Healthy Futures and invite parents, grandparents, childcare providers
and any other adult who is involved in caring for children. Our
"parenting classes" are called Child Development Sessions
to emphasize that it is important for everyone in the community
to understand and support the development of children.
Who was instrumental in the decision process?
Mr. Jarm and Ms. Phillips were vital in getting me on board
at the hospital. From there, many different areas of the hospital,
including our Family Birth Place, Public Relations and Marketing
Department, and the Clark Memorial Hospital Foundation were integral
to the development of our Building Healthy Futures Program.
How do you fund the program?
Building Healthy Futures is funded through the Clark Memorial
Why did you select Active Parenting?
I have been a fan of Active Parenting Publishers and their
programs and resources for several years. I selected 1,2,3,4
Parents! because it fits our primary mission of reaching
out to parents, grandparents and other caregivers of young children.
I think the program covers the most essential components of caring
for young children, including age-appropriate expectations, self-care
for caregivers, positive (non-violent) discipline, self-esteem
and communication. It also presents this information in a way
that makes it easy to accommodate different learning styles,
including the use of video, workbooks and group interaction.
Finally, I like that the information is presented at a literacy
level that is not overwhelming for those participants who may
have more challenges with reading.
Reprinted from Leader magazine.
Copyright 2003 by Active Parenting Publishers, Inc.