Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Stronger Generations, Center for Community Health and Health Equity
In Boston today, a baby born to a black mother is three to four times more likely to die by their first birthday than a baby born to a white mother. CCHHE believes that this inequity can be eliminated and has developed a comprehensive Birth Equity Initiative (BEI) to address differences in infant mortality and birth weight, particularly among infants born to black women. We seek to engage and empower women, their families, and their communities through prevention and intervention efforts ranging from research to community-based applications.
The main elements of our birth equity program are grounded in our belief that a lifetime of health equity begins at birth. Babies born at low birth weight are at increased risk for poor academic and health outcomes. The guiding framework for the BEI is the life course approach. This means that we seek to improve birth outcomes by helping women achieve good health before, during, and between pregnancies. This model links to and supports primary and pediatric care, safety in the home and community, nutritional assistance, and later risks to health, such as teen pregnancy, interpersonal violence, and dropping out of school, in a dynamic and full-circle intervention.
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The Fatherhoood Project
The Fatherhood Project at Mass. General Hospital is a nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive package of materials and programs to support healthy father-child relationships from the pre-natal stage through to early adulthood. TFP also delivers trainings to healthcare providers about the positive impact fathers can have on child outcomes, as well as how to engage fathers in family health. Focused on serving a broad and diverse range of fathers at MGH, BWH, MGH Community HealthCare Centers, and in the surrounding boston communities, TFP also provides targeted services and interventions for underserved, at-risk and other special populations of fathers. In collaboration with the MGH’s Student Health Center at Chelsea High School, CHS Expectant & Parenting Student Liaison, and the Fatherhood Coordinator from MGH Chelsea, TFP co-leads the Teen & Young Dads Program at Chelsea High School.
For more information visit www.thefatherhoodproject.org
The Fatherhood Project at MGH
Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ mission is to enable high-risk, runaway and homeless youth (14 – 24) to achieve a healthy and productive adulthood through prevention, intervention, and education services. Bridge offers a comprehensive range of health, educational, career and housing services. Bridge is the only agency in theBostonarea to provide a continuum of age-appropriate services.
Address: 47 West Street, Boston, MA 02111
Maternal Group Home at the Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.
Primary Contact: Amy Crowley
Centro Latino, Inc.
If you are a young mother or father (or soon to be) and under the age of 23 years old, contact Centro Latino’s Young Parent Support Program to obtain support and information in how to get a job, housing, continue or begin school, get a GED, learn English, navigate the social system, prenatal and postnatal care, nutrition, understand the development of your child, know your rights or just to talk. Come and discover all the services that are available to you, your children and family.
Centro Latino, Inc. offers the broadest range of relevant, high quality classes and programs delivered in a patient and caring environment that helps Latinos and immigrants seeking to improve their lives, to become confident and independent members of the community. More than 2,500 people benefit from our direct-services each year, which include adult education, community health and citizenship programs.
Address:105 Windsor Street
Address: 267 Broadway
Chelsea High School Parenting Services & MGH Based Health Center at Chelsea High School
Services Provided: In-school medical support before, during and after pregnancy – referrals to healthcare providers, WIC, Healthy Families and other services – academic support and advocacy during & after a pregnancy – assistance accessing need-based benefits including DTA benefits and day care vouchers – 1x/month parenting group – home tutoring during maternity leave to insure academic stability upon return to school – baby clothing & toy supply – children’s book lending library
Requirements: These services are specific toChelseaHigh Schoolstudents and their families. To register as a student atChelseaHigh School please visit theParentInformationCenterat99 Hawthorne StreetinChelsea. If you are a pregnant/parenting student, please communicate that with your guidance counselor while registering and asked to be referred to Christine Kidd and Jordan Hampton.
Address: 299 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150
Phone: 617.466.5007 or 617.466.5033
Children’s Hospital Boston Adolescent/Young Adult Medical Practice
In the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Practice, a health care team provides medical, gynecological, nutritional, and psychological care and counseling. This team includes doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, dieticians, and mental health counselors- all of whom specialize in the care of teenagers and young adults. The Adolescent practice also includes subspecialty referral programs including second opinion consultation, the Eating Disorder program, the Reproductive Endocrinology program, and the Boston HAPPENS Program.
Address:300 Longwood Avenue,Boston,MA 02115
Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU)
Crittenton Women’s Union is a Boston-based nonprofit innovator in breaking the cycle of poverty, uniquely combines direct services, independent research and public advocacy in its mission to help low-income women attain economic independence. Programs open to the public include:
- Boston Neighborhoods Healthy Families – A home visiting program that provides first-time parents under 21 years old with support, education and goal setting to ensure the best outcomes for them and their children.
- Woman to Woman – A 12-week computer training and professional development course.
- GED –A secondary-level education that includes life skills, work skills and computer training for young men and women.
Address: 10 Perthshire Road, Brighton, MA 02135
Families First Parenting Program
We provide skills-based parent workshops on a variety of topics (e.g. early education, school success, positive discipline). We partner with a variety of organizations including shelters, transitional housing programs, community-based organizations, schools, after school programs and early education sites. We partner with over 100 agencies a year and they are located on the eastern half ofMassachusetts. We work with a diverse group of parents including foster care parents, teen parents and grandparents who are parenting again. We also offer training and coaching to professional who work directly with families. We provide training on working with parents in culturally relevant ways.
Address: 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Father Friendly Initiative (FFI)
Father Friendly is a program committed to providing low to no income men living in the Boston area with the opportunity to become responsible members of their families and community. Father Friendly was established because of overwhelming evidence that “Dads Can be the Difference” in the life of a child. It is a safe haven for men to get together.
Address: 774 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
Keysteps Inc. (Formerly known as CSAPP Inc.)
We are a school-based nonprofit agency which provides year-round counseling and support services to promote high school completion, responsible behavior and healthy decision making amongstBoston’s culturally and linguistically diverse youth.
Address: 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Malden High Teen Parent Program
We work with pregnant and parenting teens who are current and former students of MaldenHigh School. Our program provides individual case management and home visiting services both during pregnancy and once the child is born. Malden High students who are working towards their diploma are eligible for free on-site childcare between the hours of 7:30 and 2:30. Along with the young parents regular class schedule, they meet with the program social worker one time a day for a parenting education class, which they receive a high school credit.
Address: Malden High School, 77 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148
South End Early Head Start
The Teen Parent Program offers quality childcare, educational and developmental activities for children, transportation, case management, and social services for children and their teen parents. Our program provides support groups or individual counseling that focus on meeting a variety of needs, such as life skills training, career planning, and education about the health and nutritional needs of teens and their children. The center offers Mental Health, Education, Health, Nutrition, Disability, and Social Services. Teens are given a T pass/bus pass combo and extended childcare hours.
Address: 100 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
St. Mary’s Home at St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children
St. Mary’s Home is the agency’s longest-standing program. St. Mary’s Home provides residential services to nearly 20 pregnant and parenting teenagers and their infants/toddlers, making it the largest program of its kind in the city ofBoston. Who we serve: The program welcomes young women between the ages of 13 and 21 at any stage of their pregnancy or postpartum. Residents live at St. Mary’s Home for approximately one year, learning parenting skills and increasing their independent life skills, while also pursuing educational, vocational, and personal goals. What we do: St. Mary’s Home offers residents a myriad of tools to discover their potential for success, including: an innovative parenting curriculum written by agency staff that guides mothers through their child’s developmental processes from birth to 36 months; a full continuum of group instruction on topics ranging from budgeting to personal care to housing to anger management; a series of healthcare workshops addressing topics like nutrition, child safety, infant mental health, domestic violence and substance abuse; weekly individual therapy; intensive case management and advocacy; tutoring, job skills training, and on-site GED instruction; access to family libraries, book clubs, and infant/toddler playrooms. Case managers and clinicians work with residents to improve relationships with their family members and to involve biological fathers in the parenting process. They also encourage residents to maintain ties with other community resources such as schools, mentors, churches, and support groups. All residents are required to attend high school or an approved GED program, and their children must be enrolled in day care by the age of two months.
Young Parents Program at Children’s Hospital Boston
At Children’s Hospital Boston, we understand that becoming a parent is full of challenges even in the best of circumstances. Those challenges are even greater for teen parents. Our Young Parents Program (YPP) is a special clinic dedicated to working with teen mothers and fathers from low-income and at-risk environments with the highest rates of pregnancies and the greatest risk of poor birth outcomes.
The YPP consists of physicians, social workers, nurses and nurse practitioners who have years of experience working with urban parents, adolescents and children. We understand the medical, social and developmental issues of adolescence and early childhood.
Address: 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Young Parent Policy Fellows (YPPF), Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
YPPF is a group of dedicated young parents committed to strengthening leadership skills toward the end of advocating for expectant and parenting teens. Through efforts related to public policy and programming, the YPPF also serves as a voice within the alliance informing its’ initiatives. Our vision: To see all teen and young parents informed and connected to resources that will ensure their success and encourage them to make productive changes in their lives and the lives of others. Our mission: Through the Alliance’s public policy agenda, we aim to change the general perception of young parents by empowering, informing and advocating for expectant and parenting teens; while modeling various forms of success possible for young families. Our Goals: -Be effective advocates by honing leadership, public speaking and writing skills. -Increase advocacy skills and capacity of expectant and parenting teens. -Increase direct involvement of expectant & parenting teens in alliance’s public policy work.