Town Hall Meeting on “Father Involvement in Birth Outcomes”
The “Father Involvement in Birth Outcomes” Town Hall Meeting held on February 2, 2018 at the United Way brought together a dream team of health providers, community advocates and civic organizations. Representatives from the United Way, Children’s Trust, The Children’s Movement, Florida Department of Children and Families, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade Judicial and Legal Systems, Faith-based organizations, Health Councils, educators from medical schools, universities, and students attended. Also attending were obstetricians, pediatricians, heart specialists, family life educators and therapists. All attendees participated with great collaborative success! The event raised awareness on the importance of men’s physical and mental health effecting reproductive health outcomes. Issues such as smoking, drug abuse, medication use, age, depression, stress, family health history, racial inequities and cultural traditions were just a few of the topics discussed that can affect the health and welfare of fathers and their offspring.
The Advocacy Network was created and ongoing work groups are being formed to advance this agenda. The Father Involvement in Birth Outcomes Advocacy Network will be taking steps to be more inclusive of future, expectant and new fathers in their medical practices and in the health services they provide. Future Town Hall Meetings were discussed and dates are being vetted. The take away: More informed and involved fathers…more babies and families benefit!
We thank our sponsors: Aetna and Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade and thank the United Way of Miami-Dade for providing space for the event. We give a round of applause to Rachelle Theodore and Krystal Burkeybile from CLT Strategic Solutions for their efforts and collaboration.