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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
  • Nutrition
  • Prenatal Education
  • Breastfeeding Counseling
  • Family Planning
  • Injury Prevention
  • Parenting Education
  • Child Assessment and Education
  • Short term mental health counseling 
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Grief Counseling
  • Early Childhood Education

You are Eligible for Healthy Baby/Healthy Child Services If You :

  • Are pregnant or the father of an expectant baby
  • 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
  • WIC
  • Fuel Assistance
  • Housing 
  • Father's program
  • Education
  • Financial planning
  • Childcare services
  • Parenting and Support Groups
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Immigration 
  • Mental Health
  • Child Support
  • Paternity

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:
- Nurses
- Public Health Workers
-  Social Workers

  • We speak English
  • Hablamos Espanol
  • Waa Ku Hadalnaa Somali
  • Nous Parlons Francais
  • Nou Pale Kreyol
  • Ibo


HB/HC Subprograms and Additional Services

Father Friendly Initiative
The Father Friendly Initiative (FFI) provides individualized case management services 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
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 wellbeing.  The overall goals are to 1) increase parental skills, knowledge and self-confidence, 2) improve maternal and infant health and wellbeing, 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.

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. 

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.


Special Collaborations

MA Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death
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 from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), sudden unexpected infant death(SUID), miscarriage, stillbirth and other causes of infant mortality. 
HB/HC works collaborative with the MA Grief Center and 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 parenting families, with a child under the age of 5 who has a complex medical condition requiring specialty care, to secure and retain housing:  The goals of HSiH are to improved birth outcomes and improved health and wellbeing 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 self-identified goals.

Boston Public Health Commission
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118.
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