Children need involved fathers in every aspect of their lives, including health and safety. From knowing how to properly handle a cut or scrape, to making sure that a child attends regular doctor check-ups and receives mandated vaccinations, involved fathers can make a significant, positive difference.
There are also curriculum and health resources available to support programs through local hospitals, existing pre-natal classes, and national fatherhood groups.
June is Men’s Health Month
Encouraging fathers to take care of their own health needs is also important as a family issue. Healthy fathers are more available to emotionally and financially support their children and families. Modeling positive behavior through regular doctor appointments and adopting healthy habits is one of the best ways to encourage healthy behaviors in children.
June is Men’s Health Month. Learn more.
- Emergency preparedness. Like preparing for natural disasters. The Kids section of Ready.gov has games and resources to help families expect the unexpected.
- Transportation Safety. Car seats, bike helmets, airplane regulations. The Department of Transportation Safe Car Parent Central has resources on keeping children safe from car seat to new driver.
- Food Safety. Stay on top of recalls, food preparation safe tips, and what to do in cases of food poisoning with FoodSafety.gov.
- Physical Safety. Keeping your family physically safe comes in many forms. Preventing and treating injuries and infections is part of that effort. The Centers for Disease Control website provides many resources on staying safe.
Keeping Kids Safe
Online tip sheet. Sponsor: Children’s Trust Fund
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, list of health topics related for infants and children.
The Pocket Guide to Good Health For Children
This guide was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with supporting research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and broaden access to essential services.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau includes reports and links to other sites dealing with oral health, women's heath, and a health database.
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As part of our ongoing support of the responsible fatherhood field, the NRFC hosts a Webinar series. These Webinars focus on a range of programmatic topics, including working with specific populations, evaluation support, and program implementation tools.
Each Webinar podcast is accompanied by supporting presentation materials and an audio transcript.
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