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What is the Healthy Start Program?

The program provides assistance in coordinating care for pregnant women and children under 2 years of age. A Healthy Start nurse works with the family either in the home or by phone to answer any questions and to provide connections to services that may be needed.

Healthy Start nurse services for pregnant women include:

Support and education on pregnancy and pre-term labor; help in accessing medical care and transportation; assistance with obtaining and using Medical Assistance efficiently; information on preparing for the baby; and linkages with other agencies as needed.

Healthy Start nurse services for children include:

Family support; education on infant/toddler growth and development; monitoring and referrals for childhood immunizations; help in selecting and accessing pediatric medical care; assistance working with the Medical Assistance Program; how to access benefits and rights within the MCO; and linkages with other agencies as needed.

Who is eligible?

Pregnant women and children under 2 years of age who could benefit from any of the above services and pregnant women and children under 2 who are in need of coordination or access to health care services. Families may self refer, be referred by another agency or by their doctor. This is a free program provided for recipients of the Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHP) but those with private insurance or with no insurance may also be referred and receive services.

Who do I contact with questions regarding the program?

Call 410-996-5145 to speak to a Healthy Start Nurse