Health Education and Services for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing

Denise Anderson, CHW and Judy Klopp, CHW

Denise Anderson, CHW and Judy Klopp, CHW

Family Tree Clinic provides sexual health and family planning services, information and education for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities. Our Health Educators, Denise Anderson and Judy Klopp are fluent in ASL and have many years of experience working with Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing people. They provide information, education and other prevention services to a wide range of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing groups and individuals in the clinic and statewide. Denise and Judy provide health advocacy to those who would like this service.

Sexuality and family planning education includes information and education on the following topics:
  • Family Planning
  • Hepatitis Education
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) Education
  • Men’s Health
  • Parents As Sexuality Educators (P.A.S.E.)
  • Pregnancy Prevention/Birth Control Options
  • Puberty
  • Relationships and Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Development & Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections/STI’s
  • Women’s Health

P.A.S.E. (Parents As Sexuality Educators)

A special program called Parents As Sexuality Educators (P.A.S.E.) can provide Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing parents of deaf and/or hearing children and hearing parents of deaf children with information on sexuality education. Educators present information in the form of 2-4 hour workshops. All services (of this department) are free of charge. If you are interested in obtaining health education sessions or want more information, please contact the Health Educators at the numbers or email addresses listed below.

Childbirth and Parenting Education

The Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Health Education Program at Family Tree Clinic is now offering comprehensive childbirth education, in-home parent/child visits and parent education classes for people in the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community.

Our Childbirth Education Classes are tailored to meet the needs of the DDBHH mother and her chosen companion. We view pregnancy and birth as a normal, natural and joyful event for families. The course will prepare you for birth, it is interactive, personalized and empowering. You will learn about the process of labor and birth, comfort measures and support tools and pain coping techniques. We will also discuss breastfeeding, newborn care and postpartum health. This course will prepare you and your partner or labor companion for labor, birth and beyond! In addition to the childbirth education course, participants will also be provided with postpartum support and follow up, as well as in-home visits.

Our In-home Visits and Parent Education are tailored to each family’s unique needs and include, preparing home for baby, safety and safety device assessment, health and nutrition, infant care, soothing techniques and more. Parenting can be both rewarding and challenging, and the focus of our parenting program is to guide parents to do the best they can for their children from birth to 10 years. Group classes are provided as an interactive way to learn about safety, parenting skills, early childhood development and to learn from one another. If you have questions or would like to sign up for services, please contact Judy Klopp.

651-964-1330 (Videophone)
651-379-1458 (TTY) 651-523-0171 Ext. 132 (Judy Klopp, voice)
Email Denise at danderson@familytreeclinic.org or Judy at judy@familytreeclinic.org.
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