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Maternal & Child Health

Perinatal health issues are a major concern for the City of Hartford. Significant disparities in infant mortality, preterm birth, low birth weight, and teen pregnancy rates exist between different socio-demographic groups residing in the City of Hartford, as well as in comparison to neighboring cities and the State as a whole.

Based on perinatal health surveillance data collected at the local and state level, HHS has expanded its maternal and child health (MCH) services since 1980 to create an entire division that comprehensively deals with MCH issues. With the goal of promoting and improving the health of mothers and children in the City of Hartford, the MCH division offers services to women, children and their families through a variety of coordinated programs. All services are free of charge and include the following:

Maternal and Infant Outreach Program (MIOP)

This program works to eliminate or minimize factors that contribute to infant mortality, preterm birth, low birth weight, and vaccine-preventable morbidity among families who may be at high risk clinically and/or socially.. Through individualized plans developed in partnership with the client, the MIOP case manager, and any other involved clinical partners, the program supports women and their families through a combination of prenatal and postpartum visits up until the baby's first birthday.


Nurturing Families Network (NFN)

This family-centered program is designed to partner with first-time parents to help them build nurturing parenting skills. Services are provided through regular home visits by trained professionals who utilize the nationally-recognized, evidence-based Parents As Teachers curriculum. Women can enroll prenatally as well as postpartum as long as their child is six months old or younger. Families typically stay enrolled for the first five years of the child's life.


CT & Federal Healthy Start

This is an initiative designed to reduce infant mortality rates among the local African-American population, through coordinated care and outreach efforts. Federal Healthy Start is a systems effort in partnership with CT Department of Public Health, Charter Oak Health Center, Community Health Services, St. Francis Hospital, Hartford Hospital, and Hispanic Health Council.

While not a direct provider of health care services, this program provides care coordination and case management services to ensure that women and their children receive adequate medical care and appropriate medical insurance coverage when eligible. This program serves 38 towns in the Greater Hartford area.


Immunization Action Plan Program

This initiative is focused on increasing immunization rates and reducing vaccine-preventable diseases for children under 3. Outreach efforts are carried out through partner agencies as well as directly with families.


Teen Pregnancy Prevention

A CDC-funded initiative, this collaborative program started in 2010 and is aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates among Hartford teens by 10% within the next 5 years.


Women, Infant and Children (WIC)

 Women, Infant and Children (WIC)

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk; WIC provides nutritional assessment and education, breastfeeding education and support, referrals to health care and nutritious foods to supplement diets.

In addition to the services listed above, it is the goal of the MCH Division to address the root causes of reproductive health inequities by working in partnership with organizations and policy makers to change the trend of current social determinants such as inadequate access to contraceptives and sexual and reproductive health education and sexual behavioral determinants such as lack of knowledge, contraceptive use and gender norms. It is the division's goal to works toward the development of a comprehensive and integrated health system to optimize family, reproductive, and maternal and child health outcomes.

For further information on any of these programs, please call us at (860) 757-4820.

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HHS Contact

Main Office

131 Coventry Street
Hartford CT, 06112
Phone: (860) 757-4700
Fax: (860) 722-6851
8am - 5pm

Community Services Division 

Phone: (860) 757-4730

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division 

Phone: (860) 757-4830

Fax: (860) 722-6826

Maternal & Child Health Division

(860) 757-4820

Environmental Health Division 

Phone: (860) 757-4760

Fax: (860) 722-6677

HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM