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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The PHN has partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide relevant health information to those registered in the first year of the program.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Further information about the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Australia can be found here.

Each month we share useful local community health services, health fact sheets and parenting resources. See below for this month’s highlighted resource.

August 2022

Healthy Beginnings for HNE Kids is an initiative where mothers with newborns can receive regular information matched with the child’s age to support feeding and child development.

Healthy Beginnings for HNEKids is a partnership between Hunter New England Child and Family Health Services and Population Health. Mothers who have recently had a baby receive text messages over their child's early years. The messages focus on feeding and child development, providing information and advice matched to the age and stage of the child. The tailored messages support families and are designed to include web links to further information or contact details for support or referral services.

This program was developed by a team of health professionals in partnership with external organisations and local families. The goal of this initiative is to improve outcomes for children and support their parents/carers and families along the way.

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