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Only 70 Days Left!

Posted on: July 20, 2015 by admin

70 Days Til DNAW


Diaper Need Awareness Week is quickly approaching, but plenty of time remains to request that your state and local elected officials recognize the week by issuing formal proclamations.

Largely symbolic, proclamations serve several important functions, including:


Here are some templates to get you started.


Once you’ve secured the proclamation, be sure to send a picture to the National Diaper Bank Network and we will add it to our website and fill in your state and/or community in the ever-expanding Proclamation Map!

#Diaper On!


NDBN Launches New Curriculum

Posted on: July 15, 2015 by admin

New Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum Created to Improve Outcomes

With funding support from the Office of Women’s Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), family poverty experts at the National Diaper Bank Network and The New Haven Mental Health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership at the Yale School of Medicine have announced the release of the first-ever Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum for social service, educational and medical professionals who provide assistance and care to poor and low-income families and children.

The new training program is designed to expand the mindset of professionals by coaching participants to consider addressing the gaps in basic needs, and other poverty-related issues, in their agency assessments, patient/client intakes, and/or delivery of medical care to children and families living in poverty. The curriculum teaches that the adoption of basic needs-informed care can result in a more effective, efficient delivery of services and supports.

To help people in poverty, we must ask the right questions

Posted on: July 15, 2015 by admin

Basic Needs-Informed CurriculumThe following column by National Diaper Bank Network Executive Director Joanne Goldblum originally appeared July 15, 2015 in the Impact What Works section of The Huffington Post.

A child hides in the closet at school and refuses to come out. Once that might have been seen as an act of disobedience. Today most teachers know that such behavior could be a response to a traumatic event. A teacher would get the family, school social worker and other professionals involved to explore what was happening in the child’s life and to offer the necessary support. We call this being “trauma-informed.”

Those of us in the helping professions must also be basic-needs informed. In collaboration with my colleagues at the New Haven MOMS Partnership, I created the Basic Needs-Informed Curriculum to help social workers, clinicians and educators recognize when the lack of a material thing – often a simple one – is causing serious health, family, school or work problems.