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Healthy Start Communities that C.A.R.E.

Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center’s Perinatal Services team utilizes the Health Start Communities that C.A.R.E. program. This HRSA funded program through IRHA provides support to women before, during and after pregnancy to help combat Indiana’s high infant mortality rate.

When you sign up, our team will provide you with support, advice, and resources to help you thrive during your pregnancy and parenthood journey.

Who We Serve

  • Women who live in Dubois, Daviess, Martin or Greene counties
  • Have any income level
  • Are preparing for pregnancy, currently pregnant or have an infant less than 18 months old
  • Partners connected to the enrolled woman can join too!

What Participants will Receive

  • Regular Check-ins with HSCC Team:
    • During your pregnancy to ensure you have all needed supplies, resources and education prior to infant’s arrival
    • Through your baby’s first 18 months of life to ensure you and baby have resources and support to help you both thrive
  • Assistance with finding and connecting to community resources you may need, such as WIC, transportation services, mental health support, new mother support and much more.
  • Education on various health topics

Additional services

  • Smoking cessation resources
  • Support for your mental health
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Housing and Food resources
  • Bereavement support
  • Language Line
  • Childbirth Classes
  • …and more

Before and during pregnancy

One-on-one, in person meetings with the Healthy Start team can be scheduled in your home or in our office. Phone and text communication check-ins are welcome as well.

Things to do during pregnancy:
How we can help after delivery:
  • Meet your Perinatal Navigator (we offer home, office or phone visits)
  • Get tips for adjusting to life with your baby
  • Learn about managing postpartum depression
  • If you need to talk with someone about your feelings or symptoms, make an appointment by calling (812)996-6384.
    • If you have feelings of harming yourself or baby call 911 or go to your closest Emergency Department. Postpartum Depression is real and we want to be here for you.
  • Get breastfeeding support, including one-on-one education with a lactation consultant
  • Transportation help to keep up with well child and postpartum appointments.
  • Arrange a safety check with your navigator
  • Arrange a car seat check with your navigator
  • Reach out to your navigator after each well child appointment to receive incentives.

Contact our Healthy Start Communities that C.A.R.E. team today!

• Kelsey Brinson, MSN, RNC-OB, Perinatal Navigator

(812)309-3983 (call/ text)

• Crystal Loya, CHW, Bilingual Community Health Worker

(812)309-8601 (call/ text)

• Natalie Werner, MSW, LSW, Social Worker

(812)309-3983 (call/ text) (call/ text)

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