The Healthy Families Network (HFN) is a new consortium lead by San Antonio Healthy Start (SAHS) a program of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Its mission is to strengthen community partnerships and linkages to support increased successful reproductive life planning among men and women of all ages in Greater San Antonio and Bexar County.
All babies will have an equal chance to live and thrive
To strengthen community partnerships and linkages to reduce infant mortality and support successful birth outcomes in Greater San Antonio and Bexar County
- Create a sustained community network of invested partners
- Conduct PPOR Analyses and other data collection and analyses activities to support and inform program and community interventions
- Increase community capacity to address infant mortality and low-birth weight with individuals and families, including men, teens and young adults
- Minimize barriers and gaps in structures that do not support/promote positive birth outcomes
Meeting Time/Date and Location
3rd Monday of each month - 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Texas Diabetes Institute
701 S. Zarzamora St.
San Antonio, TX 78207-5209
Meeting General Format
Networking and refreshments 11:30 – 12
Speaker presentation 11:45 – 12
Workgroup updates 12 – 12:15
Workgroup breakout 12:40 – 1:00
Workgroup 1: Perinatal Periods of Risk – Phase 2
- Conducting data analysis of Fetal and Infant Deaths in Bexar County 2006-2009
- Sets intervention priorities for the community based on risk factors and causes of fetal/infant deaths
Workgroup 2: Reproductive Life Planning Initiative
- Developing a pilot intervention to expand the capacity of community agencies to conduct reproductive life planning within existing case management services across Bexar County
- Established the original membership, vision, mission and goals of the Network
Workgroup 3: Texas Healthy Babies Initiative - HOPES Project
- Planning and implementing a two year grant by DSHS to provide case management to women who have had a recent poor birth outcome through an evidence-based model
- Replicates a successful project conducted in Denver, Colorado
Committees provide oversight and communication between Work Groups
- Ad-hoc – As opportunities become available, members are encouraged to participate in a committee
- Cultural competence committee – the group examines the subject of racial disparities and its impact on health outcomes, evaluates workgroup activities for sensitivity related to the specific needs and disparities of ethnic, racial, age-specific and gender-specific populations
- Infant mortality awareness – the group meets throughout the year to plan the activities surrounding the yearly infant mortality awareness month observance in september.
Community Partners and Memorandum of Understanding
Agencies/Organizations committed to HFN may sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which allows your logo to be added to HFN products.
- Voices for Children*
- San Antonio Healthy Start*
- University Health System*
- Councilwoman Ivy Taylor*
- Avalon Social Services*
- Susan Wolfe and Associates
- University of Texas Health Science Center
- University of Texas School of Public Health
- Project Worth
- Healthy Futures Alliance
- Superior HealthPlan*
- Community First Health Plans
- The Children’s Shelter
- Bexar County Juvenile Probation*
To become a Healthy Families Network member please fill out the membership form here.
*MOU intended partners.