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High Risk Perinatal Program

Get Care for the Most Vulnerable: High Risk Pregnant Mothers and Neonatal Intensive Care Infants

The High Risk Perinatal Program (HRPP) is a comprehensive, statewide system of services dedicated to reducing maternal and infant mortality. The 3 components of the program include:

1) Maternal and Neonatal Transport Services that provide medical consultation and case management related to treatment/stabilization and, if needed, maternal and/or neonatal transport to available higher level(s) of care.

2) Hospital and Inpatient Physician Services that provide comprehensive, developmentally and risk appropriate care to critically ill infants within a hospital setting that is caring and supportive to the infant and their extended family.

3) Community Nursing Services that  facilitates the transition of the child and family from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit to their home and community.

The program provides a safety net for Arizona families, to ensure the most appropriate level of care surrounding birth as well as early identification and support for the child’s developmental needs.

Benefits of HRPP

  • Assure that high risk pregnant women and critically ill newborns receive timely access to appropriate medical care without regard to geographic location or ability to pay
  • Provide interventions which result in the reduction of infant and maternal deaths and improved medical and developmental outcomes
  • Provide support to families who have been impacted by the birth of a critically ill infant
  • Assist families in the development of a secure and nurturing environment which will increase their child’s ability to learn and grow
  • Connect families with early intervention services which can increase the child’s chances for optimal development and learning

Program Eligibility

  • Babies that have spent 120 hours or longer in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
  • A Mother or a baby that is being transported to a higher level of care;
  • Babies born and within 96 hours of birth the baby is admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
  • A baby being transported within 50 miles from a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to their home.

Parents As Teachers

A Parent is a Child’s First Teacher

Your children have so much potential. As a parent, you have a unique opportunity to be their first teacher. That’s because most brain development occurs in the first few years of life, and you can make a difference. Parents As Teachers will show you how. Our Home Visitors will provide you with resources appropriate for your child’s stage of development. Through Parents As Teachers, you’ll develop a stronger relationship with your child and help prepare them for academic success.

Parents as Teachers is a free program for all parents with children younger than 5 years old. Learn how to effectively and meaningfully interact with your child to help them develop intellectually and emotionally and to help you form a deeper relationship and bond with your child.

Benefits of Parents As Teachers:

  • This program is evidence-based and proven to work.
  • Children who feel safe, healthy, and cared for can thrive.
  • We’ll catch possible developmental challenges early on.
  • We’ll connect you with a variety of community resources.
  • Fun activities will deepen your relationship with your child.

Eligibility Requirements of Parents As Teachers:

  • All parents-to-be and parents with children younger than 5 years old.

Nurse-Family Partnership

Parenting Help from Healthcare Professionals

Children don’t come with an instructional guide. So it’s only normal that new mothers face challenges and doubt. In times like these, someone is here to help you. Nurse-Family Partnership is a community healthcare program that will connect you with a nurse home visitor. Through the visits, you will learn how you can best care for your child. Our goal is to help you become confident and assured in your parenting skills, so you and your child can look forward to a better future.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, evidence-based program designed to help pregnant women become successful, self-reliant mothers. Our home visitor nurses start working with first-time mothers while they are pregnant to prepare them for the challenges and the joys of motherhood. We help you develop new skills and feel confident in taking care of your child’s physical and emotional needs.

Benefits of Nurse-Family Partnership:

  • This is an evidence-based program proven to work.
  • We provide you with a variety of free educational resources.
  • We build on the parenting skills you already have to help you become self-reliant.

Eligibility Requirements for the Nurse-Family Partnership:

  • Prenatal first-time mothers less than 28 weeks pregnant.
  • Not enrolled in any other home visiting program.
  • Income-based requirements based on household size.

Arizona Health Start

Personalized Care for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

If you are pregnant or a mother facing challenges, it’s important to know that someone can help you. Arizona Health Start is here to help. Our home visitors can connect you with a variety of community organizations that provide health care, education, parenting resources, and application assistance for other programs. We will get to know you and your family, so we can help you get the resources you need. We understand your culture, because we live in your community. We also understand what you’re going through, because we’ve helped families just like yours.

If you are pregnant or have a child under the age of 2 and are interested in having additional support in accessing health care, education, or assistance programs, Arizona Health Start can help. The program is available throughout the state and is free for participants. Pregnant women and families with children enrolled in the program receive additional supports such as navigating access to prenatal care; family medical care; and assistance in applying for AHCCCS, WIC and other program that help you and your family thrive.

Benefits of Arizona Health Start:

  • You’ll gain access to appropriate prenatal care for pregnant women.
  • We provide access to appropriate family medical care.
  • We’ll give application assistance for AHCCCS, WIC and other programs.
  • Women will receive a health screening.
  • We provide developmental screenings for children ages birth to age two.

Eligibility Requirements of Arizona Health Start:

  • Must have primary residence located within the Contractor’s Program Site targeted service area.
  • Pregnant and/or postpartum women with children under the age of 2.
  • And one or more social risk factors.