Calgary Healthy Families Program

The Calgary Healthy Families Program (CHFP) uses a structured approach (screening, assessment and intervention) for service delivery which ensures that families receive consistent service throughout the Calgary service areas. Furthermore, the Calgary Healthy Families Collaborative is based on a research and evaluation framework. The Service evaluation is completed on an ongoing basis through the integration of qualitative and quantitative methodologies of specific research studies. The evaluation results inform ongoing Program revisions and the development of best practices for home visitation.

 Our Mandate and Focus

The focus of the CHFP is to provide long-term home visitation support to newborns and their families who are known to be living in challenging circumstances. Services can be delivered to families until the youngest child reaches five years of age providing there is a continued need for service The intent of home visitation is to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors thereby increasing a family’s capacity to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.

Our Philosophical Foundation

The CHFP provides home visitation services based on the following core set of essential features:

  • early intervention;
  • strength-based orientation;
  • voluntary participation;
  • family-centered and relationship focused;
  • culturally competent and sensitive;
  • individually focused service intervention identifying needs, strengths, well-defined goals and required resources;
  • high level of Home Visitor knowledge and skills;
  • strategic timing, intensity and duration of services adjusted to a family’s need and level of risk;
  • quality program implementation, which embraces reflective supervision and highly trained and competent Home Visitors.

Home visitation activities in Calgary for families focus on achieving the following primary goals:

  • parents and caregivers have an enhanced capacity to provide a nurturing and safe environment for their children;
  • parents and caregivers have an enhanced capacity to provide their children with optimal child development opportunities;
  • parents and caregivers have an enhanced capacity to ameliorate their family’s identified needs; and 
  • parents and caregivers have an enhanced knowledge of and connection with community supports.