Young Moms, Strong Kids (YMSK) represents a recent expansion of the Healthy Moms Happy Babies (HMHB) Curriculum and recognizes that the field of home visitation requires new tools to meet the needs of adolescent mothers, specifically.
While our HMHB safety card primarily focuses on intimate partners only, the YMSK card describes ‘healthy relationships’ broadly, recognizing that many young moms may not be in an intimate relationship and may still be living at home with parents or other family. Our new approach highlighting what everyone deserves in any relationship proves to be an important strategy for home visitors working with young moms. It helps them begin a supportive conversation that meets young mothers where they are. Ultimately, the card provides a platform to segue into a conversation that include partner violence.
This tool also functions as a prompt for home visitors by providing quick phrases to improve discussions about the impact of domestic violence on health and its connections to isolation and loneliness. In addition, the card functions as an empowerment tool to support adolescent mothers and encourages them to develop helpful conversations with other young moms who may be in a controlling or abusive relationships — and in so doing, helps to reduce stigma and encourages help-seeking behaviors for all.
The safety card outlines questions women may ask themselves about their relationships while offering supportive messages and referrals to national support services for help. This 4-panel double sided tool folds up to the size of a business card (3.5″ x 2″).
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