Healthy Families is based on a national model from Healthy Families America with more than 30 years of research to prove effectiveness. We have been visiting expectant and new parents in La Crosse County since 1992. We are now able to offer our services in Vernon County as well.
Support and encouragement is provided through the Healthy Families program to help new parents champion their families and give babies in our communities a brighter beginning. By building confidence, reducing stress, and maximizing the joys of becoming a new mother or father, Healthy Families helps parents and children grow together.
What are the benefits of Healthy Families?
National data with a broad range of studies show that children are healthier when parents participate in Healthy Families, experience fewer adverse childhood events, and demonstrate long-term improvements in school performances.
We know that our families:
- Have babies with up to date immunizations
- Remain linked to a physician or clinic
- Complete high school as a parenting teen
- Become more self-sufficient and less socially isolated
- Reduce the amount of money spent on child welfare, medical care, foster care, and legal
- services by half
"I am so thankful for everything that Healthy Families has provided us over the last two years. The mental and emotional support has been fantastic. This program is an amazing resource for new parents who are struggling with a new baby. Their kindness, empathy, understanding, and sensitivity to what families are going through matters."
"I am so appreciative of the warm, loving support that has been given to us through this program. I am very grateful for the kindness, knowledge, and shared information! I feel as though I am being supported as a mom. Healthy Families is an excellent program. Thank You!"
"The best part of being in the Healthy Families program is the support I experienced. The overall energy I received from my worker is one where I know I'm not alone."
"My Healthy Families worker has made my experience with this program more enjoyable and friendly while still addressing what I need to do to have a healthy family. She made a TREMENDOUS difference on not just my participation in the program, but my overall view and opinion of the program as well."