Hamilton Center partners with WCIHS to increase support to at-risk families

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Hamilton Center, Inc. will partner with the West Central Indiana Healthy Start (WCIHS) program to increase support for at-risk families.

Healthy Start is a federal initiative representing 100 organizations serving communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the U.S. national average, and with high rates of other negative maternal and infant outcomes.

The WCIHS consortium will receive up to $1 million each year over five years and target Fountain, Parke and Vigo counties.

“Healthy Start programs provide information, resources and support to pregnant and parenting women and their families to ensure a healthy pregnancy and to help nurture their newborns,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. 

This project will strive to address factors, such as high rates of poverty, limited access to care and other socioeconomic factors, to ensure women have healthy pregnancies and raise healthy children.

The project is funded by a HRSA grant to Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health.

Hamilton Center will provide crucial behavioral health resources for WCIHS families. In addition to treatment, the organization will be a referral partner through their Healthy Families program.

“As a community, it is critical that we provide strong and ongoing support to pregnant woman, infants and new families,” said Melvin L. Burks, CEO of Hamilton Center, Inc. “A healthy start in life is vital to the physical and emotional health of children as they grow and development into adolescents and adults.”

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