Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital in the Community

At Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, our commitment to helping children lead healthy and safe lives goes far beyond our walls. Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital provides benefits beyond improving the health and well-being of children and families in our community through its missions of providing high quality clinical care, investing in innovative research, and offering exceptional training for pediatric providers.

In addition to free and uncompensated care, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital offers the following programs in support of community and patient needs:


Health care

Nurturing Families Home Visiting Program
This program provides outreach workers who make home-based visits to vulnerable, first-time parents needing assistance in the challenges of parenthood for the first five years of their child's life. Comprehensive services such as individual and parenting needs, child development and wellness, family needs and linkage with appropriate community resources are provided. Families must receive their healthcare at Yale-New Haven Hospital's Women's Center and live in the Greater New Haven area. Prenatal parents or parents who have just delivered their first baby are screened for eligibility. For more information on this free and voluntary program, contact Anita Bonilla, BSW,

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Yale-New Haven Hospital staff volunteer their time to provide clinical care to hundreds of patient-campers every summer at this camp located in Ashford, Conn. The camp, founded by Paul Newman, is a nonprofit residential camp for children with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders. Children 7- to 15-years-old attend free of charge. Programs are also provided for campers year-round, as well as for other seriously ill children, siblings, health care professionals, parents and teachers. For more information, call 860.429.3444.

Yale-New Haven Lead Program and Regional Treatment Center
This comprehensive center provides medical care, psychological and social services and educates lead-poisoned children and their families. The Lead Resource Center is the central location for services that extend beyond medical treatment. The center contains a resource library, children's library and a clothing closet where families can select new and gently used clothing. For more information, call 203.764.9106.

School-based Health Centers
Medical visits are important for growing children and teenagers, but work schedules and family pressures make it difficult to get kids to a doctor's appointment. Yale-New Haven Hospital serves students in its eight school-based health centers. Registered nurses provide care at the centers, which are located at:

  • Hill Regional Career High School (New Haven)
  • Hillhouse High School (New Haven)
  • Riverside Academy High School (New Haven)
  • Sheridan Communications & Technology School (New Haven)
  • Vincent E. Mauro School (New Haven)
  • Branford High School (Branford)
  • Walsh Intermediate School (Branford)
  • Hamden High School (Hamden)
Support Groups  
Pediatric patients and their families are supported by a variety of groups and organizations. In addition to support groups facilitated by hospital social work staff, various interested individuals and organizations also provide support services.

"We're Special Too," a program for siblings, was created in 1995 by the Friends of the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital to meet the needs of the brothers and sisters of children with chronic or terminal illness or special health care needs. The program offers siblings 5- to 15-years-old monthly Sibshops based on the model created by Donald J. Meyer, director of the Sibling Support Project at the University of Washington. These workshops combine informal discussion with interactive educational activities in a fun-filled environment that is just for siblings. The workshops are led by a team of specially trained volunteer facilitators and health care providers. For more information, call 203.688.2334.

Women's, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
YNHH operates the largest WIC site in New Haven, serving 4,000 women and their children through this federal program. Beyond food vouchers, the WIC staff reaches out into the community to educate and counsel women and children at nutritional risk. For more information, call the WIC office, 203.688.5150.

Career Development

Yale-New Haven Hospital, in cooperation with area schools, offers a variety of programs aimed at improving the classroom experience and exposing young scholars to opportunities in health-related fields.  Find out more.

Advocacy and support

For information about the following parenting programs, call the Yale-New Haven Nurturing Connections Coordinator at 203.688.8165, unless otherwise indicated.

Books for Babies (BFB)
Provides all new mothers and babies with a new book and an information packet about early reading readiness and literacy to take home following the birth of the new baby. For more information, contact Erin Spaulding, 203.688.2336.

Bright Beginnings Family Read
The Bright Beginnings Family Read program brings first-time parents together with their children for a 10- week program to enjoy reading together and positive parenting through selected children's books. Family Read offers free transportation, a light meal and on-site child care. For more information, contact Melissa Rowe, LCSW, 203.688.5996.

Caring Parents Make Healthy Families
Caring Parents Make Healthy Families is a community outreach program to educate parents about child health and injury prevention. Sponsored by Kohl's Cares and Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, the program gives parents useful information about: child development, nutrition, injury prevention, dental health, skin care, sun safety, shaken baby syndrome and sudden infant death.

Friends of the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital
Established to address a variety of health-related issues affecting the well-being of children, the Friends is a group of community-minded citizens who have joined together to bring attention to and pursue solutions for the health and safety needs of children through advocacy, outreach, education and clinical care. One arm of the group's work is Child Health Advocacy People (CHAP). CHAP identifies health and safety concerns related to children, pursues measures for preventing children's health problems, establishes public policy regarding children's health issues and sponsors educational presentations as a means for improving the health and safety of children.

Nurturing Connections
Nurturing Connections is a telephone support program for first-time mothers. A trained volunteer calls the new mom regularly to offer helpful parenting information, emotional support and information about community resources over the phone and by mail for six to 12 months. Parents and their babies can meet with their volunteer at a monthly educational group and at other events throughout the year.

Nurturing Families Home Visiting
The Nurturing Families Home Visiting program is a free, voluntary program for first-time parents who live in New Haven and need help in the challenges of parenting. A home visitor from a Nurturing Families Network agency in the parent's neighborhood is assigned to the family and visits their home weekly to offer guidance and help during the first five years of the child's life.

Nurturing Families Network at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital's Department of Social Work offers all of these free, voluntary programs for new parents, in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine. Nurturing Connections, Nurturing Parenting Group and Nurturing Families Home Visiting are sponsored by the Nurturing Families Network and funded by the Children's Trust Fund. Nurturing Parenting Group and Family Read have also been funded by grants from the Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, and Family Read by the Connecticut Humanities Council. Caring Parents Make Healthy Families is sponsored by Kohl's Cares.

Nurturing Parent Group
The Nurturing Parent Group is a weekly parenting support group for parents and children, focusing on a wide range of parenting topics and activities. While the parents are meeting, their children join in a supervised educational play group. Parents meet to discuss:

  • Child development and expectations as a parent
  • Alternatives to discipline
  • Family communication
This 24-week program is free and voluntary. The group meets Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Transportation and a hot supper are provided.

Reach Out and Read (ROR)
Supported by the Friends of Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital , Reach Out and Read provides physicians with new books to give to parents of infants who come to Yale-New Haven Hospital for their well baby check-ups.

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