The Unit for Women & Children’s Health promotes and facilitates positive health practices and outcomes for women and children. Through case finding, case management, and support group facilitation, the unit offers health education, referrals, advocacy and support on a variety of health topics. 
For more information please call: (860) 527-0856

Comadrona/Healthy Start Program

The Comadrona program promotes positive birth outcomes, provide advocacy for health equity and interventions that improve family wellbeing. The program offers culturally tailored and language competent outreach, case management, health education, and support services to pregnant women, and children.

Goal

Reduction of infant mortality, low birth weight and racial health disparities in perinatal outcomes.

Eligibility                   

High-risk pregnant women and children residing in the Greater Hartford area.  

Number Served

Average number served on an annual basis, 300 women and 200 infants

 

Nurturing Families Network

This program is part of a statewide effort that helps new parents at risk for abuse and/or neglect learn how to care for their children. The program offers intensive home visiting services to prenatal and first-time parents until the children reach age five.

Goal                           

To improve parenting attitudes and behavior, promoting child development and decreasing the likelihood of child maltreatment.          

Eligibility                    

Pregnant women and first-time parents.            

Number Served/Capacity

Average number served 46 women annually.


 

Hartford Healthy Start

The Hartford Healthy Start Program is a federal program, in partnership with over 100 Healthy Start sites across the country seeking to reduce disparities in low birth weight and infant mortality.

Goal                           

To reduce infant deaths and poor birth outcomes.  

Eligibility                   

High-risk pregnant women and children residing in the City of Harford.  

Number Served

Average number served on an annual basis, 300 women and 200 infants



Positive Parenting Program

The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is an evidence-based comprehensive

program designed to enhance parental competence and prevent child maltreatment. The program increases the power and self-sufficiency of parents in raising their children; the development of non-violent, protective environment for children and reduce the incidence of child abuse, and behavioral problems.

Goal                           

Triple P aims to prevent child maltreatment, behavioral and emotional problems by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents in raising their children.

Eligibility                    

Families with children between the ages of 0 to 8 years old. All cases are referred by the

Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF).

 

Breastfeeding Heritage and Pride - Peer Counseling Program

The Breastfeeding Heritage and Pride (BHP) program in partnership with the primary stakeholders utilizes an approach that optimizes the capacity of public health breastfeeding support resources. BHP peer counselors are women from the community who have successfully breastfed and are trained to provide education and hands-on support in clinical and community settings to women who are interested in breastfeeding. The program provides a comprehensive model of community and hospital-based breastfeeding promotion and support. The program is recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an evidence-based best practice model and has been replicated elsewhere in Connecticut.

Goal    

The Breastfeeding Heritage and Pride Peer Counseling program seek to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity rates among low-income women residents of the city of Hartford. 

Eligibility                   

Low-income women who are living in the City of Hartford. Services are offered at the maternity unit at Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and the patients’ home.

Number Served/Capacity

Average number served annually 1,400 women