Freeport, Illinois — Stephenson County GOP Chairman Andrew Chesney and Mayor-elect Jodi Miller met with the First Lady of Illinois Diana Rauner yesterday in Freeport, Illinois.
Stephenson County has been selected to take part in a pilot program called Illinois Family Connects.
Illinois Family Connect is a universal newborn support system consisting of a home visiting program administered by the Stephenson County Health Department and available to new babies and their families.
According to the Stephenson County Republican central committee these scheduled visits come at no cost to the parents and have been “proven to drive down the costs in emergency health care”. Stephenson County has been selected to take part in the first lady’s pilot program.
Offered through FHN Memorial Hospital, community-wide support at no cost will be offered to every family. It begins with a community nurse meeting them at home after birth.
Other support includes wellness checks for the baby and family and help to identify and connect with supportive resources from which any new family may benefit.
The pilot program is a product of the Illinois Home Visiting Task Force which Diana Rauner has co-chaired since 2009 and is a public-private partnership funded through federal and state grants. The Illinois Family Connects program was originally developed in Durham, N.C.
This program makes Illinois a national model for supporting all families from cradle to career.
Stephenson County GOP Chairman Andrew Chesney and Mayor-elect Jodi Miller met with the First Lady of Illinois Diana…
Cover photo: Stephenson County Republican central committee (edited)