Richmond VA > Social Services > Healthy Start Initiative

Last Updated: 2018-05-07

The Richmond Healthy Start Initiative (RHSI) is dedicated to ensuring that low-income and disadvantaged women receive the services they need to support a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth and a healthy baby. As such, we work to reduce low birth weight, prematurity, SIDS/SUIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/Sudden Unexplained Infant Death) and other poor birth outcomes for women, infants and their families. RHSI’s over-arching goal is to establish a comprehensive, coordinated and community-focused approach to address these issues. Using an intensive home-visiting model, RHSI seeks to eliminate structural, financial, and personal barriers which the Institute of Medicine says negatively impacts maternal and child health.

Family Support Services provided through Healthy Start include:

  • Case Management & Care Coordination
  • Health and Psychosocial Screening & Assessment
  • Risk Reduction / Motivational Interviewing
  • Parenting Education
  • Nutrition Education

Program Coordinator: Marilyn Wenner (804)646-3740 or

Program Manager: Rose Stith Singleton (804)646-3784 or

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