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Healthy Babies Healthy Children Home Visiting program (HBHC)

The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program by Halton Region provides provides supports and home visits by Public Health Nurses and trained Family Visitors.

The 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.
  • 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