The Bennington Local Health Office promotes the health and wellness of women, children and families throughout their lives. To do this we work with:
Women, Children and Families
- We help women access health care for healthy pregnancies, and refer women and their partners to drug or alcohol treatment and quit smoking services (link is external).
- We connect women with WIC Services for nutrition education for their pregnancy, postpartum period, and for nutrition education to support children up to age 5.
- We help new moms become successful at breastfeeding by linking women to breastfeeding support services such as our WIC Peer Counselors. We encourage local businesses to become breastfeeding friendly.
- We offer training for community partners in many settings on valuable topics like infant safe sleep.
- We reach out to foster parents to share key public health messages on maternal and child health.
Health Professionals and Child Care Providers
- We support and outreach to health care and dental health care providers, home visiting nurses, our local parent-child center and child care providers to share current key messages on maternal and child health.
- We promote Bright Futures (link is external), a national health promotion and prevention initiative that sets kids up for long and healthy lives.We provide education and technical assistance to child care providers.
The Maternal and Child Health Coalition of Bennington County, which is a group of community health professionals working together to improve health and provide support for pregnant women, new mothers and fathers, young children and their families in Bennington County.
We serve on teams dedicated to protecting the health and safety of children and families. We collaborate with local health care providers, hospitals and partner organizations to create systems that improve access to care, such as:
- Building Bright Futures (link is external) (link is external) (link is external)
- the local Adverse Childhood Experiences (link is external) (ACEs) group
- Refer pregnant women, postpartum women and their children with development concerns to the Children Integrated (CIS) Team.