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DC Healthy Start Project

Photo of a DC family at a DOH public event

What is Healthy Start?

Healthy Start is a free program for pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8. Our goal is to improve birth outcomes and improve 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
  • Parenting

Who can get Healthy Start Services?

Pregnant women and postpartum women with infants up to three months of age are eligible to enroll in Healthy Start. 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.


DC Healthy Start Community Consortium, Inc. represents the voice of the community in Healthy Start. The Consortium educates the public and identifies ways for Healthy Start to increase healthy birth outcomes, promote healthy babies, and promote change for women of childbearing age and their families in DC.

The Consortium meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 11 am – 1 pm.  Please call (202) 442-5925 if you are interested in participating in the Consortium.

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