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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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CenteringPregnancy Program (Palm Beach County, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health, Women, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: The goal of the program is to improve birth outcomes among at-risk pregnant women through the delivery of structured group prenatal care.

Impact: The intervention group had a significantly less proportion of preterm births than the control group (5% group prenatal care vs 13% traditional care; p=0.04).

Foster Children's Project (Palm Beach)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Government & Politics / Social Services, Children, Urban

Goal: To advocate for children and help them resolve their most pressing legal problem: being in the custody of the state when they need to be in the custody of a family - biological or adoptive - within the 12 months provided by law.

Healthy Families: Palm Beach (Palm Beach County)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children, Families, Urban

Goal: The goal of Healthy Families Palm Beach is to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Healthy Steps for Young Children: Palm Beach (Palm Beach, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children, Families, Urban

Goal: Improve early identification of concerns and initiate interventions to improve the health, development and emotional wellness of children, newborn to age three.

Impact: HSFYC parents were less likely to use severe discipline (OR: 0.68) and more likely to negotiate with their child (OR: 1.20). HSFYC parents had greater odds of reporting a clinical or borderline concern regarding their child's behavior (OR: 1.35).

Nurse Family Partnership (NFP): Palm Beach (West Palm Beach, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health, Women, Urban

Goal: The program has three primary goals:
1) to improve pregnancy outcomes by promoting health-related behaviors;
2) to improve child health, development and safety by promoting competent care-giving; and
3) to enhance parent life-course development by promoting pregnancy planning, educational achievement, and employment.

The program also has two secondary goals: to enhance families' material support by providing links with needed health and social services, and to promote supportive relationships among family and friends.

Parent-Child Home Program: Palm Beach (Palm Beach)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Education / Childcare & Early Childhood Education, Children, Families, Urban

Goal: To prepare children of disadvantaged families for academic success and to strengthen families through intensive home visiting.

Primary Project: Palm Beach (West Palm Beach, Florida)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Mental Health & Mental Disorders, Children, Families, Urban

Goal: The goals of this program are to detect school adjustment difficulties, prevent social and emotional problems, and enhance learning skills of children in kindergarten through third grade.

Prime Time Palm Beach County (Palm Beach, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Social Environment / Children's Social Environment, Children, Urban

Goal: The goal of Prime Time Palm Beach County is to improve the quality of school-age afterschool programs through assessment, guidance, and support.

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program: Palm Beach County (Palm Beach County, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Social Environment / Children's Social Environment, Children, Families

Goal: Triple P aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents to prevent behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in children and prevent child maltreatment.

Impact: Triple P increased confidence in parenting ability and reduced the incidence of verified maltreatment among participants in the program.

Career Skills Mentoring Program (Palm Beach and Martin, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Education / Student Performance K-12, Children, Teens, Adults, Urban

Goal: The goal of the program is to provide at-risk youth with mentorship and employment skills.