The Children’s Cabinet & The Governor’s Office for Children “Promoting the well-being of Maryland's children” Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families Babies Born Healthy Hearing: September 4, 2007 Catherine J. Motz, Interim Executive Director (Chair), Governor’s Office for Children
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The Governor’s Office for Children
“Promoting the well-being of Maryland's children”
Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families
Babies Born Healthy Hearing: September 4, 2007
Catherine J. Motz, Interim Executive Director (Chair), Governor’s Office for Children
T. Eloise Foster, Secretary, Department of Budget & Management
Catherine A. Raggio, Secretary, Department of Disabilities
John M. Colmers, Secretary, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Brenda Donald, Secretary, Department of Human Resources
Donald W. DeVore, Secretary, Department of Juvenile Services
Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools,
Maryland State Department of Education
The Children’s Cabinet, led by the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Children (GOC), will develop and implement coordinated State policies to improve the health and welfare of children and families. The Children’s Cabinet will work collaboratively to create an integrated, community-based service delivery system for Maryland’s children, youth and families. Our mission is to promote the well being of Maryland’s children.
Results-based Accountability Decision-making:
Source: Mark Friedman, Trying Hard is Not Good Enough, Canada: Trafford (2005)
Maryland’s Results for Child Well-Being
Children Safe in
Their Families &
Stable & Economically
The Result Area “Babies Born Healthy” contains the following indicators:
Leading Causes of Infant Mortality, 2005
Percentage of Unintended Pregnancy, Maryland 2001-2005
Data Source: Maryland PRAMS, 2001-2005
Very Low Birth Weight (Less than 1,500 grams)
Lifelong family and social “costs”
Lessened educational successStory Behind the Data: Low Birth Weight Why is birth weight important?
The Babies Born Healthy Program works to strengthen the public health infrastructure through providing services that improve birth outcomes. The statewide approach enables access to quality services during four phases of a woman or child’s life:
Baltimore City’s Baby Leadership in Action (LAP) is an opportunity for a diverse group of leaders to lead from the middle in implementing strategies that will turn the curve for birth outcomes
What will it take to improve the current situation on births to adolescents?
Make effective contraceptives widely available.
Include additional data gathering tools
Increase the use of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curricula in community and school-based settings.
Increase youth development opportunities (especially for high risk youth), which includes safe and stable places, basic care and services (including health care and transportation) and high quality instruction and training.
Family Support Centers and their strategies for working with at-risk youth.
Support funding for after school and other community based programs that prevent teen pregnancy.
Support increasing youth development opportunities in community-based settings (in particular for youth in more challenged communities).What Works & What is Maryland Doing? Reducing Births to Adolescents
The Children’s Cabinet & Maryland move forward:The Governor’s Office for Children“Promoting the well-being of Maryland's children” * Local Management Boards ~ SCYFIS ~ Systems of Care
Governor's Office for Children
301 W. Preston Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201