Healthy Families America
Newport, RI 02840
T: 401-848-6697, ext. 111 or ext. 115
100 Bullocks Point Ave.
East Providence, RI 02915
T: 401-437-1000, ext. 177
Healthy Families America is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program that provides free, voluntary, confidential services. The program pairs expectant mothers or families with newborns (younger than two weeks old) with a home visitor, who provides home visiting services to the family and their child until the child’s third birthday.
• Build and maintain partnerships in communities that engage families in home visiting, either prenatally or at birth.
• Promote and strengthen positive parent-child relationships.
• Promote positive growth and development in children.
• Build the strengths of families and their protective factors.
Who We Serve
Expectant mothers and families with newborns
Families may have more than one child. The program is designed for overburdened parents who have had some challenges in the past and want to ensure the healthy development of their child and family. East Bay Community Action Program Healthy Families America program provides services to women with low-incomes predominantly in Newport and East Providence, but also in surrounding towns.
What We Do
Identify the needs of families
Before a home visitor from Healthy Families America begins home visits, the home visitor meets with a family to see if they want or need long-term home visiting services. For some families, this kind of home visiting is not right, or they need other services, such as a parenting class. The Family Resource Specialist works with families to identify what they want and need.
Provide parents the support they need to be successful
Home visitors aim to establish trusting, consistent relationships. This kind of relationship helps families grow and change. Home visitors can help expectant mothers and families access community resources and supports, plan for education and jobs, and decrease social isolation. They also offer encouragement and emotional support.
Help parents develop positive attitudes about their roles as parents
During home visits, the focus is on supporting strong, healthy relationships between parents (including fathers) and children; helping parents read their children’s cues and respond in nurturing ways. Home visitors also help parents become more self-sufficient and confident in their roles as parents.
Increase parents’ knowledge of their children’s development
Home visitors work with parents so that they understand their children’s development, including age-appropriate milestones. Using the Growing Great Kids curriculum, home visitors foster nurturing parent-child interactions and encourage brain development and stimulation through play.
Improve family health
Home visitors link families to patient-centered medical homes for both parents and children. If pregnant women enroll, home visitors help connect them with prenatal care. They work with parents to help ensure that children are up to date on immunizations and receive all their well-child visits. They also work with families to create a safe home environment for the entire family.
What You Should Do
Anyone may refer a pregnant woman or family with a newborn to Healthy Families America. Referrals are taken from:
• Healthcare and social service providers, including WIC, if they think an expectant mother would benefit from home visiting
• Families (self-referrals or family member referrals)
If you are interested in participating in Healthy Families America, would like to refer an expectant mother or family with a newborn (younger than two weeks old), or have questions about the program, please call East Bay Community Action Program at any of the numbers listed above. Referrals may also be sent by fax: 401-619-7091.