Maryland Department of Health
Settings: High Schools, Community Service Centers
The Maryland Department of Health, in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, will collaborate with and empower young parents in high schools and community service centers. B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB), a program led by the Baltimore City Health Department’s infant mortality collective impact initiative, has a well-established infrastructure to reach and support young parents. Under the guidance of BHB’s Youth Advisory Council and its U Choose youth-focused coalition, the “Map to Success: Supporting Young Parents (M2S)” project will support young parents in achieving their personal development and parenting goals. M2S will use data-driven recruitment tactics to find young people lost to care, specialized education navigators to help connect youth with educational opportunities, and evidence-based interventions to build peer connections. M2S also will engage in two policy audits: one audit will assess all M2S services for their relevance and accessibility to young fathers; the other audit will analyze how equipped Baltimore City Schools are to serve the needs of expectant and parenting youth. The Baltimore City Health Department plans to make this project and its findings available across the state.