About Fathers Matter ATL
Georgia Department of Public Health (GA DPH), Maternal and Child Health partnered with the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) to support the work of its Strong Fathers, Strong Families Georgia Coalition (SFSF GA). The framework for the SFSF GA Coalition is NFI’s Community Mobilization Approach (CMA) which has been successfully implemented in several states (e.g. Texas, Indiana, Ohio) and cities (e.g. Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Sioux Falls) across the United States. Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (MSM PRC), an academic partner/member of the SFSF GA Coalition, was selected to serve as the lead agency for the CMA process.
The three (3) phases of the CMA are: (1) a needs and assets assessment of metro Atlanta abilities to promote father involvement; (2) a Leadership Summit on Fatherhood attended by metro Atlanta county leaders; and (3) implementing an action plan for a fatherhood initiative generated by a broad cross-section of sectors.