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New round of grants expands home visiting program

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Olmsted County Public Health Services is expanding its family home visiting program. This is possible after the county received more than $2 million in grant money from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The grant allows Olmsted County to enhance its family home visiting program, by offering services to 100 more families in addition to the 6,000 already being served.

The money also allows new partnerships with community groups within the county such as Mayo Clinic, corrections partners, child protection and WIC.

Home visits are at no cost to families who are pregnant or have a child age birth to 5 years.

“Family home visiting has been proven to be effective in improving maternal health, improving child development, social and emotional development, readiness to learn once children get in school,” Associate Director of Public Health Margene Gunderson said.

Olmsted County Public Health Services plan to bring in the new families a little at a time within the next three years.

To get involved in the program, call 507.328.7500.


Beret Leone

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