The MOM Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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The purpose of the MOM Program is to promote child development by helping families become more competent in accessing and using available resources. The program focuses are childhood immunizations, Early Intervention services, lead screening, Early Head Start and Head Start enrollment. The hypothsis is that children receiving the intervention will participate in more of the public services and primary healthcare activities which have been shown to be effective in improving their development.
Condition or disease
Behavioral: professional support model
The MOM Program is a 3 year randomized controlled trial of mothers and newborns. At enrollment subjects are given a questionnaire to assess self efficacy and a non-verbal test of intelligence. Program personnel are blind to the results of this testing. Test results will be used in data analysis at the end of the study to compare outcomes of the intervention and control groups and to assess how mothers with impaired cognitive ability have benefited from participation in the study.The Intervention consists of frequent phone calls and home visits to encourage mothers to have their babies immunized on schedule and to participate in needed developmental and educational services. At 33 months of age all children receive a developmental assessment.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
up to 3 Days (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Inclusion Criteria: mothers from West and South Philadelphia who have given birth on the post-partum unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania during the six month enrollment period from July, 2001 to Jan, 2002..
Exclusion Criteria: women or infants who are critically ill, those involving multiple births (ie twins), and women who are solely non-English speaking.