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Healthy Start

 

Healthy Start is a new program offered through the Columbus Health Department and part of Georgia Strong Families.

This new program is focused on improving pregnancy outcomes and reducing infant mortality. Healthy Start programs provide information, resources, and support to pregnant and parenting women and their families to ensure a healthy pregnancy and to help nurture their newborns.

Healthy Start supports women before, during, and after pregnancy by addressing their physical and emotional health needs.  Our program also works with fathers, as well as the entire family to provide support.  Community partners also work with each family to create strong, resilient relationships between mom, dad, and siblings.

Expectant mothers and women of child bearing age from 18 to 49 are eligible for services.  There is no financial qualification.  Healthy Start also works with infants and children up to 18 months.

Healthy Start provides:

  • Home Visitation
  • Prenatal and Parenting Education
  • Case Management
  • Linkages to Community Social Services

For more information, contact Kiara Loud at kiara.loud@dph.ga.gov  or call 706-321-6362.

 

Georgia Healthy Start Fatherhood Programs

This 12-week FREE program covers the 24/7 Dad Curriculum, fatherhood resources and services, networking, job fairs, gift card awards, and a hot meal at each weekly session.
Any father between 15 and 60 residing in Columbus/Muscogee County who is parenting a child 0 to 18 months is eligible. Participants are encouraged to attend all classes.

Healthy Start Fatherhood Initiative Dads receive the following:
National Fatherhood 24/7 Dad Curriculum
Child Care Resources and Services
Housing Referrals
Financial Literacy
Job Readiness
Educational Support: Reading, HS/or GED
Legal Information
Health & Wellness and more…

You don’t have to be “Super Dad” to be a great dad.

For information or to register, contact
Sharon Moore, GSF Health Educator 706-225-6382 or 706-321-6322.