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DC Healthy Start Project

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What is Healthy Start?

Healthy Start is a free program for pregnant women, parenting mothers (infants up to 2 years of age), females of childbearing age and fathers (infants up to the age of 1 year) in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8. Our goal is to improve birth outcomes and the health and development of infants into early childhood. Some of the services provided by Healthy Start are:

  • FREE Pregnancy Testing
  • Depression Screening
  • Substance Abuse Screening
  • Domestic Violence Screening
  • Child Development Assessments
  • Case Management
  • Male Support Services
  • Parents as Teachers Curriculum
  • Health Education
  • Home Visits by a Nurse and Family Support Worker
  • Curbside Mobile Health Services

Who can get Healthy Start Services?

Pregnant women, parenting mothers (infants up to 2 years of age), females of childbearing age and fathers (with an infant up to the age of 1 year) residing in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8.  Once enrolled, parenting mothers and fathers can continue to receive services up until the child’s second birthday.

How can I enroll in Healthy Start?

Call 1 (800) MOM-BABY 1 (800) 666-2229) for information on enrolling in Healthy Start.

Service Contact: 
Perinatal and Infant Health Bureau
Contact Phone: 
(800) 666-2229
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0854
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
3rd Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday through Friday 8:15 am – 4:45 pm