The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) is a community-based program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Since 1995, CPNP has provided funding to community groups across Canada to develop and deliver programs that promote public health and provide support to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, new mothers and babies facing challenging life circumstances. The goals of CPNP are to improve maternal-infant health, increase the rates of healthy birth weights, as well as to promote and support breastfeeding. The program also seeks to promote the creation of partnerships within communities and strengthen community capacity to increase support for vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers.
There are approximately 279 CPNP projects serving over 51,000 pregnant women and parents/caregivers in over 2,000 communities across Canada each year. In addition, a separate stream of the program administered through Health Canada serves Inuit and First Nation women living on-reserve.
CPNP fills a distinct gap in communities. Almost all projects report that they provide a unique service in their community. Many of the other available prenatal services do not meet the needs of the CPNP target population.
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