The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program (HBHC) provides supports and home visits by Public Health Nurses and trained family visitors. It is a provincial program for expectant parents and families with young children (infants to the start of school) who are experiencing challenges and may need extra support.
HBHC aims to improve:
- prenatal and birth outcomes
- parenting capacity
- parent/child relationship
- growth and developmental outcomes
- access to, and use of, community resources
What services does HBHC offer?
- Screening to identify families who may be a risk and benefit from additional support
- Home visiting by Public Health Nurses and trained Family Visitors
- Service coordination and case management
- Referrals to community services and programs
What role do physicians play in HBHC?
Families are more likely to accept a home visit if it is suggested by a physician or trusted professional.
- Talk to your patient and refer to HBHC by calling 311 (Access Halton).
- Participate in family service coordination meetings.
Cues for referral:
- pregnancy or birth challenges impacting child development
- challenges with parent-child relationships
- parental health or mental health challenges that may impact parenting
- family stressors that may impact parenting
- low income
- teen pregnancy