Healthy Families Network (HFN)

HFN is a consortium lead by Metro Health’s Healthy Start to strengthen community partnerships and linkages to reduce infant mortality and support successful birth outcomes in Bexar County.


  • Create a sustained community network of invested partners.
  • Conduct PPOR Analyses and other data collection and analyses activities to support and inform program and community interventions.
  • Increase community capacity to address infant mortality and low-birth weight.
  • Minimize barriers and gaps in structures that do not support or promote positive birth outcomes.


Day: 2nd Monday of each month

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Location: Meeting locations alternate every month. Call 210-207-4725 to confirm the location.

Work Group Activities

Work Group 1: Data, Resources, Utilization and Management (DRUM)

  • Conduct data analysis of fetal and infant deaths in Bexar County.
  • Set intervention priorities for the community based on risk factors and causes of fetal and infant deaths.

Work Group 2: Reproductive Life Planning (RLP)

  • Develop a pilot intervention to expand the capacity of community agencies.
  • Establish the original membership, vision, mission and goals of HFN.

Work Group 3: Healthy Outcomes Through Perinatal Education and Support (HOPES)

  • Serve as an advisory board for several Parents As Teachers home visiting programs.
  • Work on initiatives to improve home visiting in Bexar County.

Work Group 4: Cultural Awareness, Respect and Empowerment (CARE)

  • Ensure HFN activities and products are culturally-sensitive and useful to communities.
  • Implement the use of the culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) standards.


Standing and ad-hoc committees provide oversight and communication between work groups.

Steering Committee
Advisory committee, consisting of chairs and co-chairs of each work group and guides HFN toward achieving its goals.
Baby Buggy Walk in the Park Event Planning
The group meets throughout the year to plan the activities surrounding the yearly infant mortality awareness month observance in October.

Community Partners

Agencies/Organizations committed to HFN may sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which allows your logo to be added to HFN products.

  • Aetna
  • Alpha Home
  • Avalon Social Services
  • Bexar County Juvenile Probation
  • The Children’s Shelter
  • Communicate
  • Community First Health Plans
  • Health and Human Services Commission
  • Healthy Futures of Texas
  • Project Worth
  • San Antonio Healthy Start
  • The Stork's Nest
  • Superior Health Plan
  • University Health System
  • University of Texas School of Public Health
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Voices for Children

To become a member of HFN, please email to Barbara Jardine.