Physical health and mental health, a component of the two-generation approach, have a major impact on a family’s ability to thrive. Childhood trauma, for instance, has lasting health and social consequences. Similarly, economic supports, such as housing, and social capital, such as connections to one’s neighborhood and community, are important social determinants of health. The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, as well as delving further into brain science and the social determinants of health, offer opportunities for increasing the health and well-being of children and their parents.
SNAP-Education serves children and their parents to read food labels in grocery stores, save money on groceries, make a food budget, make healthier food choices and encourage people to be more active. We offer access and visitation program which offers mediation, counseling, classes in conflict management, stress education and parenting, and monitored and supervised visitations. Healthy Homes Mississippi provides support to build strong parent-child relationships. Our Adolescent Opportunity Programs are community-based partnership with DYs, Mental Health Agencies, community Action Agencies and local multiagency counsels. AOP’s provide a mechanism within communities to coordinate services, share resources and reduce the number of young offenders placed in state custody.