Healthy Start

Doctor examines pregnant personHome Visitor Services

Jo Ross is our Healthy Start Coordinator. If you are interested in visiting with Jo please call the Health Department at 620-873-8745. You are welcome to set up a meeting either at your home or at the Health Department, whichever works best for you.

The Healthy Start Home Visitor Program

The HSHV program is a free program that provides in-home visits to expectant and new parents in Meade County. During a scheduled visit, the HSV (Healthy Start Visitor) will provide emotional support and education to help you have a healthy pregnancy and information on becoming a parent. The Home visitor can also refer expectant mothers to community services. A postpartum visit can be scheduled soon after the baby is born to answer questions and address any concerns you may have about your newborn.

Our home visitor can make referrals and give you information on other community services to help you have the healthiest family possible, including:

  • Prenatal and postpartum health information
  • Infant Care
  • Reducing the risk of infant death and injury
  • Supplemental food for women, infants, and children (WIC)
  • Help with breastfeeding and loaning of breast pumps
  • Car seat requirements and proper use
  • Planning for child care, if needed
  • Child developmental services
  • Safety in the home
  • Family relationships
  • Lifestyle change programs - smoking cessation, alcohol, and drug abuse, etc.
  • Financial help - emergency food, food stamps, health care, and emergency assistance
  • Women's Health Clinics
  • Adult education - GED, high school diploma, how to speak English

For more information call us at 620-873-8745 and check out the Kansas Home Visiting website.


The Text4baby service includes over 250 messages with the most critical information that experts want pregnant women and moms with infants under one to know. These messages are tailored to where you are in your pregnancy and your baby's age. The comprehensive set of messages addresses:

  • Prenatal Care
  • Safe sleep
  • Immunization
  • Breastfeeding
  • Nutrition
  • Oral Health
  • Immunization
  • Family Violence
  • Physical Activity
  • Safety
  • Injury Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Exercise

Women who sign up at any point during pregnancy receive a "starter pack" with six messages containing critical information and encouragement to connect to care. The messages will continue throughout your pregnancy and your baby's first year. After your baby turns one, you will receive urgent alerts and breaking news roughly on a monthly basis. These messages are FREE for most carriers. Visit Text4baby webpage for more information.

Nursing Mother

Mother looks baby while nursingThe Meade County Health Department also has a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. She is available to assist and answer any questions you may have concerning breastfeeding. f wanted she will also make a home visit and assist you to provide you and your baby with the best experience possible.

Breast milk is very important to aid in the growth of your baby. It provides nutrients that are important for your baby. If you are interested in talking to our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor or having her make a visit feel free to call the Health Department and they will help you get in contact with her. 620-873-8745

One baby crying and one baby smiling looking up

Your family is important and we want your experience as a parent and family to be fulfilling.