Thinking about starting a family or recently pregnant. Healthy Futures is a program that helps to ensure every child has a healthy future, beginning at conception.
Healthy Futures program provides women and families with:
- Support from a registered nurse during pregnancy and throughout the first six months of your child’s life.
- After baby is born, a registered nurse can visit participants in their home to answer questions and connect participants with community resources.
- Participants will receive periodic newsletters in the mail with information on immunizations, safety, nutrition, and other issues affecting pregnancy and child development up to age 5.
To connect your clients to Healthy Futures, visit www.healthyfuturesonline.org or by contacting:
- Kalkaska/Lake/Manistee/Mason/Missaukee/Wexford Counties – Becky Fink, RN: (231) 309-8957
Healthy Futures is available through a partnership of local health care providers, health departments, and Munson Medical Center.
Healthy Families America (HFA)
DHD#10 Healthy Families America (HFA) is a voluntary program that offers guidance and information through supportive, strength-based visits to help parents be ready for their baby’s birth and to raise a healthy family. We recognize that parents are their child’s most important teacher. In Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties, services may begin during pregnancy up until the child turns 3 months old and will continue for 3 years or until the child turns 4 years old. In Grand Traverse County, services may begin during pregnancy up until the child turns 24 months old and will continue for 3 years or until the child turns 4 years old.
HFA works to have healthier children and families. There are many benefits such as:
- Care for yourself during pregnancy and after your baby’s birth
- Support dads and moms in their new roles
- Strengthen parent-child relationships.
- Help with temper tantrums, toilet training and other challenging stages.
- Plan activities to do with your baby, toddler, and preschooler.
- Help you prepare your child/children for school success.
- Set goals for yourself and your family based on your values.
Interested? Please fill out our self-referral form, or contact the DHD#10 Coordinator, Lisa Burmeister at 989-688-8612.
Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)
MIHP provides in home support to pregnant women and infants who are Medicaid eligible. MIHP will see clients throughout their pregnancies and follow infants to age 18 months.
MIHP staff will help pregnant women and infants with:
- Making sure pregnant women and infants have proper health care
- Support from a registered nurse, social worker, or registered dietician
- Answering questions in-between doctor visits
- Helping with referrals to quit smoking, drug misuse, housing, finding a counselor, etc.
- Referrals for childcare, baby supplies, parenting classes, & playgroups
To connect with MIHP at District Health Department #10, call (231) 287-2565 and ask for Bianca, our MIHP Coordinator.
Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)
The Children’s Special Health Care Services Program is a program that helps individuals (0-21 years old) that have special needs and health concerns to improve their health and enhance their quality of life. This program can help cover financial costs related to chronic conditions, provide support and care plans, and connect you with the latest resources.
This program will help you and your family:
– Receive the broadest possible range of appropriate medical care, health education, and supports.
– Access services and supports that are family centered, culturally competent, community-based and coordinated manner.
– Help parents and professionals work together.
– Reduce common barriers individuals with special health care needs experience when accessing services.
Elevated Blood Lead Level Follow-Up Services
Blood lead testing is recommended for children between the ages of one and two years of age. Lead screening tests are available at all DHD#10 offices through the WIC program or can be done by a healthcare provider.
A Registered Nurse will provide case management for children with elevated blood lead levels, which includes:
Coordination of blood lead tests
Education regarding lead poisoning and methods to treat