What is Healthy Baby/ Healthy Child?
The HBHC program provides home visiting to pregnant and parenting families with a child under the
age of five who reside in Boston. All services are free, voluntary and confidential.
What Services Will I Receive?
- Health Education
- Prenatal Education
- Breastfeeding Counseling
- Family Planning
- Injury Prevention
- Parenting Education
- Child Assessment and Education
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Grief Counseling
- Early Childhood Education
You are Eligible for Healthy Baby/Healthy Child Services If You :
- Are pregnant
- Have a child between the ages of birth to 5
- Live in the City of Boston
We Provide Information, Referrals and Advocacy for Services, Such As:
- Primary Care Health
- Transitional Assistance
- Food Stamps
- Emergency Food
- Fuel Assistance
- Father’s program
- Childcare services
- Parenting and Support Groups
- Mentoring Programs
- Mental Health
- Child Support
For more information, Contact:
Healthy Baby/ Healthy Child Program
774 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Phone; (617) 534-5832
Toll free: (800) 711-1180
Fax: (617) 534-5355
Our Staff Consist of Public Health:
- Social Workers
- We speak English
- Hablamos Espanol
- Waa Ku Hadalnaa Somali
- Nous Parlons Francais
- Nou Pale Kreyol
HB/HC Subprograms and Additional Services
Father Friendly Initiative
The Father Friendly Initiative (FFI) provides individualized case management services and educational group sessions that promote father involvement and family engagement, for male partners of women enrolled in HB/HC and Boston Healthy Start Initiatives. The overall goal of this initiative is to strengthen families by providing men with optimal support for life planning and informed, engaged fatherhood.
Welcome Family is a universal newborn (1 day to 8 weeks) home visit pilot program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The newborn home visit is free, confidential and voluntary. Home visits are conducted by multilingual Public Health Nurses. The goal of the program is to improve population-wide health and well being. The overall goals are to 1) increase parental skills, knowledge and self-confidence, 2) improve maternal and infant health and well being, 3) increase participant access to and ongoing connectedness with community based maternal, infant and family health services, and 4) improve coordination of community resources and supports.
The Violence Intervention Advocate Program
The Violence Intervention Advocate program (VIAP) provides coordinated home based services to women who are pregnant or parenting a child under the age of 5 and are survivors of a gunshot or stabbing or are the significant other or parent of a male survivor of a gunshot or stabbing victim, who present at the Boston Medical Center Emergency Room. The goal is to improve the health and well being of women and their families through intensive case management services.
HB/HC Food Pantry
The HB/HC food pantry provides emergency food assistance to HB/HC clients and City of Boston residents. It is a member of the Project Bread Food Source Hotline, which coordinates and makes resident referrals.
Partners In Parenting
Partners In Parenting is a mentoring program that offers parenting support to pregnant and parenting clients. Clients are connected with volunteer partners from their community who serve as mentors, advocates and community liaisons. The partners provide support and coaching to build the client’s natural supports and decrease social isolation.
Women Circles are offered in the spring and fall. It is community-based health, social, and educational sessions for women. These sessions are designed to decrease social isolation and to promote community awareness, health and mobilization in an informal and safe environment. The sessions are held at various locations throughout the City of Boston.
Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
The Summer Enrichment Program is a diverse program operated one day per week for seven weeks from July through August. The program offers enriching educational and recreational to HB/HC clients. The goal is to reduce social isolation, provide health and wellness education, and engage families in recreational activities.
MA Center for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
The Massachusetts Center for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Massachusetts Infant and Child Death Bereavement Program is located at the Boston Medical Center. The SIDS Center is responsible for coordinating services to families throughout Massachusetts whose babies and young children (0-3 years) have died suddenly and unexpectedly to sudden infant death syndrome and other causes of infant mortality.
HB/HC receives referrals from this the SIDS Center to provide culturally competent services during the first year of bereavement. The HB/HC public health nurses and social workers provide grief counseling, support, anticipatory guidance and linkage to available resources.
Healthy Start in Housing
Healthy Start in Housing (HSiH) is a collaborative initiative of The Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Housing Authority that helps housing insecure, high risk pregnant and/or parenting families, with a child under the age of 5 who has a complex condition requiring specialty care, to secure and retain housing: The goals of HSiH are to improved birth outcomes and improved health and well being of women and families. Key strategies include the provision of housing as well as intensive case management aimed housing retention and participant engagement in services and interventions that contribute to participate achievement of their identified goal..