Boston Public Health Commission: Healthy Baby/Healthy Child

Filed Under: Families, Physical and Mental Health, Women
774 Albany Street
Boston, ma 02118
Phone: 617-534-5832
Toll-free: 1-800-711-1180
Fax: 617-534-5355

The Healthy Baby/Healthy Child Program (HB/HC) is a community-based program designed to promote infant survival, positive birth outcomes, oral health, and family unity. The HB/HC program provides home visiting to pregnant and parenting families with a child under age of five who reside in Boston. All services are free, voluntary, and confidential. Public health nurses, public health advocates, case managers, and social workers help prepare parents via a strength-based model for healthy deliveries, successful parenting, and school readiness within the scope of their own culture and language. Families are linked to a range of supportive and health services. Call, email, or write for more information (contact information above).

Additional HB/HC Programs & Initiatives:
Father Friendly Initiative: Read the description of services under the BPHC’s Father Friendly Initiative Directory listing.

Partners in Parenting: Partners in Parenting is a mentoring program that offers parenting support to pregnant and parenting clients. Clients are connected with volunteer partners from their community who serve as mentors, advocates and community liaisons. The partners provide support and coaching to build the clients natural supports and decrease social isolation.

Women Circles: Women Circles are offered in the spring and fall. The Circles are community-based health, social, and educational sessions for women. These sessions are designed to decrease social isolation and to promote community awareness, health, and mobilization in an informal and safe environment. The sessions are held at various locations throughout Boston.

HB/HC Food Pantry: The food pantry provides emergency food assistance to HB/HC clients and City of Boston residents. Hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10am to 2:45pm. The food pantry is a member of Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline that coordinates and makes resident referrals (1-800-645-8333).

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 activities to HB/HC clients. The goal is to reduce social isolation, provide health and wellness education and engage families in recreational activities.

HB/HC Special Collaborations:
MA Center for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: The Massachusetts Center for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/Massachusetts Infant and Death Bereavement Program is located at Boston Medical Center. The SIDS Center is responsible for coordinating services to families throughout MA whose babies and young children (0 – 3 years) have died suddenly and unexpectedly due to SIDS and other causes of infant mortality. HB/HC receives referrals from 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 (HSiH): The BPHC and the Boston Housing Authority formed a joint initiative to help high risk pregnant or parenting families with a child who has a complex condition requiring specialty care, secure and retain stable housing. The goals of HSiH are improved birth outcomes, and improved health and well-being of women and their families. Key strategies to achieve these goals are the provision of housing and intensive case management, aimed housing retention, and engagement in services and interventions geared toward the achievement of their identified goals.

Welcome Family: Welcome Family is a universal newborn (1 day to 8 weeks) home visit pilot program funded by the MA Department of Public Health. The home visit is free, confidential, and voluntary. The visits are conducted by multilingual Public Health Nurses. The goal is to improve population-wide health and well-being. Outcomes are aimed to 1) increase parenting skills, knowledge, and self-confidence; 2) improve maternal and infant health and well-being; 3) increase community connectedness for families with maternal, infant, and family services; and 4) improve coordination of community resources and supports.

Violence Intervention Advocate Program (VIAP): This program provides coordinated home-based services to women who are pregnant or parenting a child under the age of 5 and are survivors of a gunshot or stabbing, or are the significant other or parent of a male survivor of gunshot or stabbing victim who present at the Boston Medical Center Emergency Room. The goal of this program is to improve the health and well-being of women and their families through intensive case management services.

Requirements & Restrictions

Individual seeking assistance must pregnant or have a child between the ages of birth and 5, and live in the City of Boston.


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While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated December 18, 2018