Section 8 Housing Waiting List Opens Oct. 16. Here’s How to Help L.A. County Families Apply.

The lack of affordable housing in L.A. county is taking a toll on human health. Section 8 assistance can help, and on Oct. 16 — for the first time in 13 years — the waitlist will be open. Here’s a webinar and other resources for home visitors who want to help families apply.

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Study: DACA Dramatically Improves Mental Health of Dreamers’ Children

We’re hearing a lot lately about the Dreamers. But what about their kids? A new Stanford University study shows that DACA significantly reduced mental illness in Dreamers’ children.

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4,000 Black Infants Every Year

4,000: That’s the number of black infants who die — but who would be saved each year in the U.S. if they had all the health and medical benefits enjoyed by white babies.

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California May Lose $114 Billion in Medi-Cal Funding Under U.S. Senate Healthcare Reform Bill

The massive cut to Medi-Cal, which now serves one-third of Californians, would require the program to be completely dismantled and rebuilt. L.A. County, home to 1 of every 20 Medicaid recipients in the nation, will be “ground zero,” says Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

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Webinar: Home Visiting 101

What is home visiting and what does it look like in Los Angeles County? Michaela Ferrari, coordinator of the Los Angeles County Perinatal and Early Childhood Home Visitation Consortium, presents a comprehensive overview in this webinar, recorded June 26, 2017.

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Video: How #HomeVisitingWorks: Melissa and Lauriel Share Their Experience

Looking back on being pregnant, Melissa recalls having mixed emotions. “I was really worried about having postpartum depression again like I did with my first son,” she says. But when she gave birth she learned at the hospital that she could receive free home visiting services. And that support has helped her and her family in many ways.

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Important Vaccinations for Children and Pregnant Women: Handouts and Tools for Parents

A new study shows that pregnant women can protect their babies by getting vaccinated against whooping cough. Included here are handouts and other resources to help keep pregnant women and new parents on track with vaccinations for themselves and their children.

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Video: My #HomeVisiting Experience: Araceli and Yani

Araceli, a mother of three, says things are different now. When she had her son 13 years ago she didn’t know how important it was to read and talk to a baby. But when she gave birth to her third child, she learned about home visiting.

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Video: ‘Know Your Rights’ Workshop, New Toolkit for Immigrant Families

In the mid-19th century, the Irish comprised nearly half of all immigrants to the United States. So perhaps it was fitting that three South L.A. home visiting agencies spent their St. Patrick’s Day learning how to better support the immigrant families they serve.

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The GOP Proposal to Replace Obamacare: What Does It Mean for L.A. County Families?

Last week began with House GOP leaders unveiling their plan – the American Health Care Act – to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). LA Best Babies Network is not a political advocacy organization, so we’re not urging you to support or oppose legislation. But, because the Family Strengthening Network (Welcome Baby and its partner home visiting programs in Los Angeles County) helps families navigate the vicissitudes of insurance coverage, we wanted to provide a brief update.

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