Public Health offers many programs to support pregnant woman and help parents raise healthy children.
- Children with special health care needs
- Dental health
- GRADS - Teen parent program
- Nurse-Family Partnership
Children with special health care needs - (360) 397-8472
Specialized staff are available to support families with children with special health care needs. A public health nurse care coordinator will:
- Screen children who are at risk for development delay.
- Refer you to local resources for early intervention services — physical, occupational and speech therapy, and pre-school.
- Assist with specific area of concerns, such as nutrition, feeding, growth, development and behaviors issues.
- Provide information about your child's medical condition.
- Provide referrals to parent support organizations.
- Help your family locate financial assistance to pay for your child's care.
All children who are at risk or have a health and/or developmental problems are eligible for care coordination regardless of income.
Dental Health - (360) 397-8020
The Dental Health Program provides:
- Information on how to take care of your teeth and gums.
- Referrals to local dentists.
- Screening and fluoride varnish for young children.
- Services for Medicaid-eligible children ages 0-5 through the ABCD Program.
When Vancouver resident Bailey Karpa got pregnant at age 16, she almost did not graduate. Luckily, she learned about the GRADS program, which has helped her manage high school and caring for her daughter, Talia. Listen to her inspiring story (22 minutes into the program) (MP3 16MB).
GRADS – Teen Parent Program – (360) 397-8411
in-school program helps pregnant teens and young parents within Vancouver and Evergreen school districts stay in high school. The program encourages students to remain in school through graduation, work toward the healthiest pregnancy possible, learn and apply positive parenting skills, explore career and work options, set goals toward balancing work and family, and avoid repeat pregnancies.
Clark County Public Health has received a 2-year grant (through August 2013) from the Washington State Department of Health that supports local GRADS efforts while helping other pregnant/parenting youth throughout the county reconnect with school and service agencies. Goals include:
- Improving education and health outcomes for pregnant/parenting teens.
- Increasing the rate at which pregnant/parenting teens who have dropped out return to school
- Improving community support and linkages for pregnant/parenting teens.
Resource Guide for Pregnant and Parenting Teens. Click on the above link for a list of community services for pregnant/parenting teens.
Nurse-Family Partnership - (360) 397-8440
The Nurse-Family Partnership is a nurse home visiting program for women who are having their first baby, are low income and are less than 28 weeks pregnant.
Text4Baby - text BABY to 511411 to get FREE messages on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. (A free service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition) Text4baby.org
Utiliza Text4baby…Envía BEBE al 511411 para recibir mensajes GRATIS en tu teléfono que te dara información durante tu embarazo y el primer año de tu bebé.
(Un servicio gratuito del National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition)