Greene County Healthy Families offers a variety of programs

Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Lavonna McNabb is proud of the parents who are involved with Greene County Healthy Families.

"This is a volunteer program. It says a lot for those participants who just want to be better parents," said McNabb, who serves as supervisor with the organization.

The Greene County Healthy Families (GCHF) held their Christmas party on Dec. 20 at the Linton Moose.

"They donate the space for the party and this year $500 to help with the party," explained McNabb.

Most people may not know what it is exactly that GCHF is and what services they offer.

GCHF is a program of Greene County General Home Health Care. It is a statewide program designed to strengthen families and promote healthy childhood growth and development.

The program provides support, education and assistance to help children and families reach their highest potential.

Families set goals with a Family Support Specialist who then helps the family meet those goals through support, instruction and information.

The GCHF's goal is to help parents be as loving and nurturing as possible.

The program is not just for the mother and baby, the rest of the family is strongly encouraged to participate.

GCHF is a voluntary home visitation program. Familes are asked to be available for visitation intensely at first with decreasing visits over time.

These services are offered at no cost to the families thanks to local, state and federal grant funds.

"We are going to be relying on more and more local support because the state budget cuts. We have had tremendous merchant support and we appreciate that so much," said McNabb.

So what qualifies a family to be a part of GCHF? Here are a few examples of qualifications:

  • Pregnant or recently had a baby.

  • A desire to learn about your baby's development.

  • Wanting to change things in your life, but you are just not sure where to start.

  • Feelings of stress related to current life situations such as housing, finances or relationships.

  • A desire to be the best parent you can be.

  • Feelings of being overwhelmed about being a parent.

    GCHF receives referrals from the WIC (Womens Infant and Childrens) offices, local physicians, Greene County General Hospital and other community partners.

    If you are interested in this positive program, contact the office at 847-9622.

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