BCFS Health and Human Services is part of a global nonprofit organization that helps adults with disabilities, youth from foster care, low-income parents, families in crisis, orphaned children, foster or adoptive families, victims of domestic violence, homeless youth, expectant mothers, and others facing hardship. The organization offers dozens of programs for these different populations, including one called “Healthy Start” that’s designed for expectant and current mothers with young children. This nationally recognized program offers mothers vital health services and educational resources that improve their odds of raising vibrant babies.
The goal of Healthy Start is providing mothers with tools and medical care that ensure the health of their babies. The program’s goals include a reduction in infant mortality, lowering the rate of child abuse, and building stable homes for moms and children. Established in 2001, Healthy Start provides mothers and babies with care and case management services for Texans in the southern and eastern parts of the state, including the city of Tyler.
Within the Tyler area, the organization offers a mobile care unit that offers Healthy Start services on the go. This unit will come to a mother’s preferred location to give them access to pre- and post-natal care. It’s a convenient option for women with limited access to reliable transportation or those with physical mobility issues that limit their movement. It offers care that complements Healthy Start’s full services which include pharmacy and lab capabilities, pediatric care, as well as registration services for Medicaid and CHIP.
Healthy Start is one of many examples of a BCFS Health and Human Services initiative that’s designed to build trust within a community.
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