A gateway to healthy families and homes
The Geauga Public Health Newborn Home Visiting Program strives to give infants a healthy start in life. The program is available to all Geauga County residents who are newly delivered first-time parents, and newly delivered parents who may have other children, but are in need of reeducating themselves. The goal of the program is to visit within the first six weeks of the child’s life. A Public Health Nurse will visit the home to help ensure a safe and nurturing home for their infant.
A Public Health Nurse will contact parents soon after delivery. The parents’ identifying information is provided by referrals from hospitals, WIC, Healthy Start, CFHS, BCMH, Help Me Grow, or other agencies within the county. While the program is voluntary, about 35% of parents readily agree to participate. More than 5,000 newborn home visits have been made by Public Health Nurses since 1995.