Clayton County has one of the highest infant mortality rates among metro counties. Babies are born too soon or too small, meaning they are less likely to make it to their first birthday. To address this critical issue, Clayton County Health District has implemented several initiatives to help our community improve birth outcomes and create healthier families.
These initiatives include pregnancy and parenthood programs such as Healthier Generations, 24/7 Dad, the Perinatal and Infant Health Coalition, Safe Kids and PAT.
Clayton County’s Healthier Generations program is dedicated to strengthening families by helping them get access to medical, social and educational services, among others. We provide education, home visits, case management, and referrals to other support services for women who are pregnant or have recently had a baby. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of women, their babies, families and the community. Click here to read about one of our success stories.
Some of the services we offer at Healthier Generations include:
For Pregnant Women:
- Childbirth education
- Pre-term labor education
- Information on health Insurance options
- Linkage to family planning services
- Reproductive life planning
- Referral to oral health services
- Mental health groups and referrals
- Alcohol and substance abuse referrals
- Care Coordination and home visitation (see MOMS/PAT below)
- Smoking Cessation
For women who recently gave birth:
- Breastfeeding Education and Support
- Linkage to Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
- Safe sleep education
- Parenting support and home visitation (see MOMS/PAT below)
- Group connections
- Linkage to immunizations
For babies 18 months or younger:
- Developmental screenings and referrals
- Early intervention services
- Therapeutic nutrition services
- Car passenger safety education
- Group connections (ex. Parent Cafe)
- Oral health services referral
The Healthier Generations program serves African American women 14-45 who are pregnant or recently delivered a baby; children under 18 months of age; or any woman who has had a low birth weight baby or considered at risk. Click here to learn more.
24/7 Dad is a Healthier Generations program for fathers with children under 18 months of age. The program provides opportunities for men to meaningfully engage in the wellbeing of their children and encourages involved, responsible and committed fatherhood. We hope to support healthy relationships between parents and improve men’s health, which includes addressing mental health issues and concerns. The program also helps strengthen life skills like job readiness that will help promote the self-sufficiency and economic stability of the family.
The program follows a curriculum that offers value to all our participants, whether you are a first-time dad or you are ready to discuss more in-depth topics. For more information on this program, please call 678.610.7248.
Community Action Network (CAN)
Founded in 2011 as the Perinatal and Infant Health Coalition, the Clayton County Community Action Network (CAN) is a partnership of public health officials, health care professionals, care management organizations (CMOs), nonprofits, and faith-based organizations dedicated to improving the birth outcomes of Clayton County’s children. This diverse group of professionals meets on a regular basis to identify strategies, share resources, and develop solutions in order to decrease the number of fetal and infant deaths in our community.
The coalition was established as a way for the county to strategically address these adverse birth outcomes. Issues addressed by the coalition include increasing access to services for women of child-bearing age; improving infant health; decreasing perinatal disparities; and addressing the social determinants of health.
For more information about the Clayton County CAN, please contact:
Nationally, preventable injuries such as falls and motor vehicle crashes, are the leading killer of children ages 1-19. Safe Kids Clayton County (SKCC) is a community coalition committed to developing a safe and healthy community through partnerships, public awareness, policy, advocacy, and education.
As one of several active coalitions across the state, SKCC focuses on seven key areas:
- Child passenger safety
- Bicycle/wheeled sport safety
- Pedestrian safety
- Water safety
- Fire and burn safety
- Home safety
- Teen Driver Safety
Click here to learn more, or call 678.610.7262.
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
PAT (Parents as Teachers®) is a nationally recognized, evidence-based home visiting program that is fully integrated into the range of MOMS program services. PAT is shown to improve the outcomes of mothers and their children between the ages of 0-3 at risk for developmental delays by providing information, support, and encouragement to parents to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
Through child need assessments, developmental progress evaluations, and one-on-one parenting skills training, the curriculum has been proven to:
- Increase parental knowledge of early childhood development
- Improve parenting practices
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
- Prevent child abuse and neglect
- Increase children’s school readiness and school success
PAT preventive services are offered to pregnant African American women age 25-44 in their first trimester, residing in the Jonesboro and Riverdale ZIP codes 30236, 30238, and 30274.
For more information, please call 678.610.7248.