Community services for children and families emphasize safety

Caring for families and their children along a continuum is a trademark of Hallmark Health System (HHS). “This is among the most integrated service lines within our system,” said Eileen Dern, RN, CES, director of Community Services. “While mom and baby perinatal stays at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital are relatively short, our relationships with families are long-term, promoting child safety and much more.”

Among the largest family support programs are the North Suburban Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, Healthy Families and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network, all of which include safety-focused programming. “Helping parents and caregivers know how to care for their child can include teaching about safe sleep, infant and child CPR, immunizations, and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Dern. “The biggest safety feature we offer, however, is an open door for parents,” she added, “answering their questions, directing them to needed resources and helping them to be the best parents possible.”

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