Ericua Cook, mother of Samuel Cook
Healthy Start participant since 2017
“I joined the Healthy Start program in 2017 when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I was nervous because I have a visual impairment which makes life hard for me. I was not sure how my body would change and how to prepare and take care of a new baby. My case manager patiently helped me to feel more at ease with all the education that she provided. She even came to the hospital right before I delivered to comfort me. Now that my handsome baby boy is here she still provides my family with support and education.”
"I first came into the Healthy Start program in 2010. Fast forward to 2017, I re-enrolled in the program pregnant my her 3rd baby. I informed my new caseworker that times had changed since my last pregnancy and she was not in a stable living environment. Due to complications with my pregnancy, my doctor ordered me to be on bed rest. My caseworker provided support, education, and referrals to help me during a difficult time. I delivered my healthy baby girl August 8, 2017. After I delivered, I was faced with hard times. Before I knew it, my caseworker had helped me with referrals and resources to get back on my feet. I am thankful for the constant support she provided me during my tough times. She made me feel like she not only wanted to help me because I was a client but I felt more like family."
Chitara Tiner, mother of Nathan Brown Jr. and Daniel Tiner
Healthy Start Mom since 2015
“I love how Healthy Start helps moms in our community. Both of my youngest children participated in the Healthy Start program. My two-year-old Daniel recently graduated from the program in April and my one year old is still active in the program. I joined Healthy Start in 2015 while going through a rough time in my life financially and emotionally. Healthy Start assisted me with signing up for Medicaid and finding resources in the community to help with my finances and mental health. My case manager helped me learn new things about my pregnancy and offered great parenting tips. I’m grateful for this program and all the things they have done to help my family.”