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Local Healthy Families Program Becomes Credentialed

Local Healthy Families Program Becomes Credentialed

Tracy Soffe, program manager of Healthy Families Washington County, announced that the program has just received a Certificate of Credential from Prevent Child Abuse America. This achievement, effective through October 29, 2012, recognizes the program as a provider of high quality home visitation services. The credentialing process, developed in conjunction with the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children Inc., attests that the home visitation program has met a set of nationally established, research-based standards, ensuring quality service delivery. The process involves an in-depth examination of the program's operation, includingn personnel, fiscal, and program management, both through completion of a comprehensive site self-assessment and an on-site review conducted by trained peer reviewers. The Healthy Families Washington County program, located in Hagerstown, Maryland, is to be commended for opening itself up to such an intensive internal and external review.
Healthy Families Washington County is a home visiting program that supports first-time mothers. The Healthy Families America Initiative promotes positive partnering, encourages child health and development, and seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect. Healthy Families Washington County is an affiliation of the Washington County Health Department under the direction of Earl Stoner, health officer. The program, established in 1999, is funded through the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families and administered through the Nursing Division of the health department. In addition to Ms. Soffe, the following staff has contributed to the success of the Healthy Families Program: Mary McPherson, former program manager, Sandra Mills, Patricia Murphy, R.N., Kathy Roberts, Jennifer Silliman, Katherine Shoemaker, Alice Springer, and Kimberly Vaughn. The Healthy Families Program is fortunate to have devoted Advisory Board, steadfast Community Partners and accommodating participants that advocate for and assist with the program's goal of "supporting first-time parents during an exciting and new phase of life".

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