FIRST 5 Santa Clara County’s Health and Wellness Initiative invests in a comprehensive set of strategies that support the physical, developmental, and behavioral health of children and strengthens positive parent-child relationships.
Since 2008, the FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Commission’s strategic plan focused on supporting prevention and early intervention of early childhood obesity among Santa Clara County children from birth to age 5.
Oral health disease can impact children’s growth, speech, development, school readiness, and overall quality of life. To support children’s oral health, FIRST 5 invests in programs that support prevention, early identification, and treatment of tooth decay.
FIRST 5 invests in prevention efforts, such as health screenings, using evidence-based, standardized, state-of-the-art screening tools that identify any needs for follow-up assessment and early intervention in the following domains below.
Routinely screening children below age 6 can help identify developmental, social-emotional, and behavioral health issues. Connecting families to early intervention services can assist in preventing identified issues from becoming long-term, pervasive problems that affect a child’s ability to learn and thrive.
Neonatal Intensive Care Program
For more than 10 years, FIRST 5 and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) have partnered to provide family-centered and technologically advanced care for premature and other babies admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).