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Healthy Start

Sometimes moms and dads just need a little help working through problems.  This can include getting information on housing and eating right, making and keeping doctor appointments, infant bonding, getting baby clothes or other items and health care questions. Healthy Start is a group of organizations (Genesee County Health Department, Genesee County Community Action Resource Department, Hurley Medical Center and Ascension at Home) working together to help moms, babies and dads with various health-related needs. We help women who are pregnant or recently gave birth, children ages 0-18 months and the dads (or supporting men) of those children who live in Genesee County. Healthy Start is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Each of our partners provides a variety of services. Genesee County Community Action Resource Department provides moms with community health workers who deliver services such as one-on-one support, referrals for food, clothing, transportation, help with insurance applications, help scheduling and keeping appointments, and education.

Ascension at Home and Hurley Medical Center provide moms the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) which includes nutrition information, answers about pregnancy, support and counseling, breastfeeding support, connection with health care and other resources, answers about child development, immunizations and home visits.

The Genesee Healthy Start Fatherhood Program seeks to help dads associated with the women and children in Healthy Start.  The fatherhood program works with dads to help them remove the obstacles and build the skills they need to be the best father possible.  To do this, we partner with Involved Dad to offer a well-rounded approach to helping fathers be their best.

The Genesee County Healthy Start is a member of the National Healthy Start Association.

For more information about Genesee Healthy Start, call (810) 257-3619.

For more information about the Healthy Start Fatherhood Program, call (810) 257-3843.

 “This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant Number H49MC00148-09-03 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”