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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

Community Health Advocates and Domestic Violence

July 24, 2020

As shelter-in-place orders and safer-at-home mandates keep us from venturing away from home, we face the unfortunate reality that this pandemic may keep people in closer proximity to their abusers. Data from the National Domestic Violence Hotline shows that contact volume to the hotline has increased 9% from 2019 to 2020. The Delaware Coalition Against[…..]

SAVE THE DATE: Exposing Crevices and Breakdowns in the System: The Impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown Pregnant Women and Families in Delaware

July 8, 2020

Live webinar July 30, 2020, at 10 a.m. A startling and disproportionate death rate among Black, brown, and Native Americans around the country from COVID-19 is revealing persistent inequities rooted in pervasive structural racism. There is an immediate need for solutions to address these concerns as well as to expose the crevices and breakdowns in[…..]

At-Home Activities for Children During COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Children throughout Delaware are out of school and now at home, due to the risks of COVID-19. During this time, it’s important to keep children active and engaged throughout the day. This not only helps with boredom, but also helps with their development. Whether your child is between the age of 0-3 years old or[…..]

CDC COVID-19 Resources

March 17, 2020

It is important that you and your families have accurate information about the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We have compiled resources to help all Delawareans understand the disease and its effects on our community.

POSTPONED: 15th Annual Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium Summit

February 28, 2020

Due to growing concerns and travel restrictions brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium (DHMIC) Annual Summit will be postponed until further notice. The Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium (DHMIC) provides statewide leadership on maternal and child health; coordinates efforts to prevent infant mortality; and works to improve[…..]

HOME VISITING: Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

August 28, 2019

  Obesity is a primary concern in many states. While any child is at risk, children who live in poorer areas are at a greater risk for being overweight. In fact, obesity now affects one in five children across the United States. This can put your child at risk for various health problems. The good[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Air Quality And Asthma

August 28, 2019

Where people live can determine their overall health. Our neighborhood conditions can make us healthy or make us sick. So what exactly does that mean? Many contributing factors in our neighborhoods limit the ability to live a healthy life. The air we breathe is one. Some areas expose residents to harmful air quality or toxic[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: My Baby Rolled Over During Sleep. Is That Safe?

August 28, 2019

There will be times when parenting is hard. There is a lot of information on baby care. There are many different opinions on how to care for an infant. Babies need you to care for them. Trusted sources and home visitors know best.  You should always follow the most up to date recommendations by trusted[…..]

HELP ME GROW: What’s In Your Lunch Box?

August 28, 2019

September means it is back to school for many of our kids! Help your child start this new school year, happy and healthy. Nutrition is a big part of development. Healthy foods make students better learners. A child who has a well-balanced meal is more alert in the classroom. They score better on tests. They[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY – Social Conditions and Health

August 9, 2019

Doctors treat us when we are ill.  Though our health conditions could sometimes be linked to our family health history, that is not always the case. Research shows that social conditions—the jobs we do, the money we’re paid, the schools we attend, the neighborhoods we live in—are as important to our health as our family[…..]