Family Health to participate in Prescription for Play program 04.12.2024

April 12, 2024

Family Health to participate in Prescription for Play program

MOBILE, Ala. — Family Health, the primary care division of the Mobile County Health Department, has been accepted into the 2024 Prescription for Play (P4P) Learning Collaborative. This is a six-month participatory learning experience offered by the Weitzman Institute and funded by the LEGO Foundation. Health center staff will engage in learning sessions with other pediatric care teams across the country.

As part of the P4P program, Family Health will be providing free LEGO DUPLO kits to children during their 18- to 36-month-old well child visits. This is to assist in better educating parents and caregivers on the importance of play to the healthy development of children.

Family Health care teams have trained on the importance of play for children and ways for providers to encourage parents and caregivers to use play as a means of identifying potential developmental delays.

Dr. Tonya Dobbs, a pediatrician at the Eight Mile Health Center, is the Provider Champion for the project. The LEGO DUPLO kits will also be available at the other Family Health offices in Citronelle, Dauphin Island Parkway, Mount Vernon, Semmes, Tillman’s Corner, and at the Downtown location.

“We are excited to have the prescription for play program at the agency,” said Dr. Dobbs. “Play is an important part of childhood development. It is fun for the patient and family, but it also helps with brain development, social and physical development.”

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