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For families who are grappling with income, food, or housing instability, public health services are a cornerstone of support. King County’s Public Health Programs have dramatically increased their reach over the past three years, thanks to funding from the community through Best Starts for Kids.

Managed by Public Health - Seattle & King County, these programs play a foundational role in Best Starts for Kids strategies for prenatal to age five — and support healthy outcomes at all ages.

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First Steps, which includes Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Management, helps low-income pregnant women and infants get health and social services. Maternity Support Services provides preventative health and education services (including screening and referral) to help women have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Infant Case Management helps families learn about and use needed medical, social, educational, and other resources in the community, so the baby and family can thrive. Our First Steps teams include public health nurses, nutritionists, social workers and community health workers.


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The WIC Program focuses on healthy eating for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five by promoting nutritious foods, healthy food choices, and physical activity, through nutrition education and cooking classes. WIC promotes breastfeeding through education, support and breast pumps for working moms to encourage continued breastfeeding when they return to work or school. The majority of participants come from working families and most struggle with economic and food security. The WIC Program provides families with referrals to preventative health resources within their community.


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Nurse-Family Partnership helps transform the lives of young, low-income mothers pregnant with their first child. The program matches mothers with registered nurses from pregnancy through a child’s second birthday. This connection allows nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life. The relationship between mother and nurse provides the foundation for strong families, and lives are forever changed—for the better.


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Kids Plus provides case management services and support to children who are experiencing homelessness, primarily focused on health care. A child may experience difficulty in development, health or behavior, or their parents’ medical or behavioral health issues may affect their ability to meet the child’s health and development needs. The Kids Plus team is unique in its ability to deliver continuous services to families, no matter where they might move within the county, until the family is stably housed and accessing services. Our multidisciplinary team includes nurses and social workers.


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The nationally recognized Family Planning Program works specifically to decrease teen pregnancy, unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. It supports achieving healthy pregnancies through preconception care, early detection of breast and cervical cancer and increases vaccine rates for human papillomavirus. The Family Planning Program provides comprehensive family planning clinical services in Public Health Centers, innovative sexual health education in our communities and produces the nationally recognized FLASH curriculum, while working with community partners to address gaps. Family planning is a proven strategy to improve economic and health outcomes for women and their families for generations to come.

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The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program reduces hepatitis B in infants born to women living with hepatitis B. The program provides tracking, reminders and case management to ensure at-risk infants receive post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and immunity testing. Without PEP, up to 90 percent of these infants become infected with hepatitis B. Up to one in four chronically infected infants will die from liver disease or liver cancer later in life.

Best Starts funding furthers efforts to identify pregnant women with hepatitis B to ensure each of their babies remain free of the infection. Within 6 months, the program identified 88 pregnancies for prevention services. Best Starts funding also improves communication to serve high risk populations so families now receive fact sheets in preferred languages such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Spanish. The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program also engages in systems level efforts to sustain outreach work.


Read more about Public Health Programs on the Best Starts Blog:

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