button_heathy_startEvery baby deserves a Healthy Start in life, especially yours! Our Healthy Start Program does just that, by giving pregnant women and parenting families (this includes you dads and/or father figures) tools to help their babies grow, develop, and form loving and healthy relationships for bright and exciting futures.

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our website. We invite you to take a look at all the services you can select from to support your journey from pregnancy through your baby’s third birthday.

When you enroll into the program, you are joining a team of people committed to improving the health of children, families, and communities of Southern New Mexico. Your voice is important and we value what you have to say. So, if you are pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant or adopting, or have child/children ages 0 through 3, we invite you to take this journey with us. Together, we can make a difference.

Sincerely,

Healthy Start Program Staff

The Healthy Start Program has been working for over eleven years now to make it as easy and as comfortable as possible for pregnant women (including teens) and parents/care givers with infants and toddlers to get the kind of services, resources, and support that meet their individual/family needs.

To accomplish this, program staff and participants develop plans, goals and ways to measure successes. Program staff serves as mentors, advocates, and brokers of services for families to achieve their goals. Different approaches are used in the home, office, or a preferred location identified by the family to carry out the activities the program has to offer.

The program uses coordination as the way for families to keep track of all the services they receive and the agencies that provide them. Home visiting services are offered to make it comfortable for parents to try out new skills that support and nurture their children’s development.

Families learn about services offered in their communities such as food resources, housing, medical and dental services, and education. They can expect to quickly take leadership in identifying the type of services that best meet their needs.

The program offers ways for families to become involved and to advocate for changes in the way that services are provided. They are encouraged to participate in Community Involvement Teams (CIT) established in several communities as a voice for its members. They are invited to attend Consortium meetings and be a voice for themselves and other families.

Healthy Start sees families and communities working together to forge a legacy of health for future generations.

Our mission is to mobilize communities to create and sustain an integrated and seamless system of care with access to a broad range of services and support for pregnant women (including teens and adoptive parents) and parenting families with babies of ages zero through three.

Services:

Healthy Start offers many services that support families (including teens) to develop and practice new skills that help their infants and toddlers become healthy, happy and secure individuals. Services begin with an “assessment” that guides the family to identify the area(s) in their lives in need of support. For example, this may be your first pregnancy and you may want to know what to expect during the next nine months; nutrition, weight gain and management, fetal development, advantages/disadvantages to breastfeeding, labor and delivery, stress management, etc.

A care coordinator will meet with you in the comfort of your home, in one of our offices most accessible to you, or another location that best meet your needs to complete the assessment and assist you in developing your service plan. Following are some of the service options that one of our friendly care coordinators will help you to select from to get you started:

Assessment, Risk Screenings and Referrals:

  • Eligibility screening to help you to access medical and dental services
  • Eligibility screening to help you to access medical and dental services
  • Risk screenings (Depression, post-partum depression, safety, family support, housing, food, etc.)
  • Referrals to needed external resources/services

Health Education Services:

  • Prenatal and post-partum
  • Importance of prenatal care
  • Nutrition, vitamins, folic acid, weight management
  • Fetal development
  • Pre-term labor
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Birth spacing and family planning

Early Childhood Services:

  • Relationship based parenting education
  • Circles of Security (Parent/child attachment/bonding)
  • Early child development
  • Developmental screening
  • Brain development
  • Referrals for further testing/screening when necessary
  • Child safety
  • Proper car seat installation
  • Home safety
  • Back to sleep
  • Stress management

Other Family Support Services:

  • Counseling, life skills training
  • Community education and training events to bring you together with and learn from your peers
  • Car Seats at a reduced cost
  • Free educational materials
  • Participation in program evaluation
  • Referrals
  • Community Involvement through “convivios” (meetings) to learn about social justice and identify community issues and solution, learn from, have fun and enjoy the company of your peers and community
Visit our Locations page for more information

Contact Healthy Start

Phone: 575.524.0767
Fax: 575.524.6709
Toll free: 866.382.0621

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