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The HANDS Program for Expecting Parents

Becoming a parent is a big challenge, and now there are more ways than ever to learn more about raising your child!

Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) is a free, voluntary program that pairs up parents with skilled mentors who visit the homes of expecting parents. The HANDS program provides support in building healthy, safe environments for the optimal growth and development of children.

The HANDS Program currently has openings for families. Call 288-2338 or 288-2318 for more information or to sign up for this free service delivered in your home!

Starting before the baby arrives, HANDS staff meet with expecting parents to help them learn about and practice life-style choices to give their baby the best possible start in life.

“My HANDS home visitor was great!  She always had the answers to my questions and concerns  and if she didn’t know she would find out for me.  She is very knowledgeable!” -HANDS Parent

HANDS goals are:

  • Positive pregnancy outcomes
  • Optimal child growth and development
  • Healthy, safe homes for children
  • Long-term independence for the family through smart decision-making

HANDS services are offered to parents on a voluntary basis. The family can enter the program during pregnancy and up until the baby is 12 weeks old. Families can continue in the program until the child is 2 years of age. Most HANDS visits are done in the family's home. Information about other resources is made available as needed.

  • A parent visitor meets with the expecting or new family to determine what services would benefit them. Referrals to social workers, public health nurses and others can be made as needed.
  • During pregnancy, a home visitor meets with the family 1-4 times a month to teach about prenatal care, basic childcare, and parenting skills.
  • Once the baby is born, visits can be as often as every week to provide mentoring, support, problem solving, assistance with goal setting, and teaching on life skills, child development, home safety and the importance of immunization/health care.
  • As the family progresses, visits are gradually decreased and end when the child reaches age 2.

To obtain more information about the HANDS program in Fayette County, call (859) 288-2338 or 288-2318.

“My HANDS nurse is amazing!  My little one loves the visits and she always has the info I need!” - HANDS Parent

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Change in services: Effective May 20, 2014, we are able to provide childhood vaccinations (must live in Fayette County, be 18 years or younger and be uninsured or underinsured). Limited appointments are available daily Monday-Friday, and appointments can be made up to a week in advance by calling the Public Health Clinic at (859) 288-2483.

Our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike is no longer able to see patients for the following programs: adult immunizations/physicals and breast/cervical cancer.

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