Health Education Services Offered
Generations Family Health Center, Inc.'s Health Education Department helps connect our patients to the resources they need to live a healthier life. The Health Education Department does this by providing:
- Care Coordination to help with referrals, appointments and resources in the community and at Generations
- Assistance with applying for health insurance coverage, including HUSKY
- Health Education (Group Sessions and One on One)
- Assistance with accessing transportation resources
- Outreach Services to bring healthcare out into the community
- Home Visitation
- Parenting Education
Our bilingual staff offer these services at each of our four health center sites and in the community through outreach and home visits.
Currently, we have programs for the following:
- Uninsured and underinsured
- Children and youth with special healthcare needs (autism, asthma, diabetes, development issues etc)
- Pregnant women and their families
- People living in transitional situations or at risk for doing so
(homeless, shelters, programs)
- Migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families
- Patients of Children 0-5
Health Insurance Eligibility Screening and Application Services for the Uninsured and Underinsured:
Our Health Education Department assists patients and community members with getting insurance coverage. Care Coordinators at Generations are available to meet with both patients and community members who do not have health coverage or have limited health coverage benefits. These eligibility specialists will assist with applying for the state funded HUSKY Health program. (HUSKY Health is the State of Connecticut's public health coverage program for eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, adults without children, and pregnant women.)
Children up to age 19 may qualify regardless of family income level. The Care Coordinators will work with each individual and family to determine which program is a good fit and help to complete the application. They can also grant immediate HUSKY insurance coverage for eligible children, pregnant women and for the HUSKY Limited Family Planning benefits, on behalf of the Department of Social Services.
In addition, Care Coordinators are knowledgeable about other health programs and funds for those without health coverage who may not be eligible for HUSKY Health and will link them to resources for medication assistance, preventive health screening programs or other health services they may need.
Healthy Start Program:
Our Healthy Start program serves pregnant women, their families and children to age 3 residing in the Windham service area. The program strives to improve access to healthcare, and to support healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes, and healthy children. Our Care Coordinators provide linkages to obstetric care, primary medical, dental and behavioral health services. They also provide emotional support, health education and referrals to community resources both during and after the pregnancy.
Uninsured and underinsured pregnant women and children are assisted with applications for the state funded medical insurance program, HUSKY Health. Through Healthy Start services it is possible for pregnant women and children to receive immediate Presumptive Eligibility HUSKY Health benefits the day they apply. Pregnancy and pediatric outreach is available via home visits and at community locations. This program is funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services.
Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program:
The Eastern CT Medical Home Initiative for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs at Generations provides care coordination services to children and youth up to age 21 with special health care needs and their families/caregivers. Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs have additional health and related service needs beyond that required for children in general and through this program families/caregivers can receive information and supports.
Our Generations' Care Coordinators work with children's healthcare providers throughout Windham County to link children and families to medical, educational, family support, health insurance, advocates, and other community-based services. They also can meet with families in the office, during a home visit or at a community site. Help applying for respite and extended service funds is also available. Bilingual services are available. This program is funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Parenting Education Programs:
Generations' Building Bridges program is a no-cost, voluntary program that provides information, guidance and assistance to parents. Families in the town of Windham who have a child under the age of 3 years are eligible. This program provides free home visitation services that support the parent and child as they learn and grow together up to the time the child is 5 years old.
The Building Bridges program uses the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum. This program can help to answer parenting questions, provides child development information, support and connects parents to other community resources.
In addition, The Building Bridges Program offers monthly playgroups that focus on parents meeting new people. Every month the playgroup focuses on fun activities that include crafts, music, story-time and active play.
Nurturing Families Network Program
Generations' Nurturing Families Network program is a no-cost voluntary program that provides information, guidance and assistance to first time parents. This program consists of three components, including Home Visitation, Nurturing Connections and Parenting groups.
Generations Nurturing Families Home Visiting component consists of Generations Home Visitors going to the parents home and helping the new parents learn how to care for their baby and adjust to the many demands of becoming a parent. This free and voluntary service is available up until the child turns 5 years old.
Generations Nurturing Connections component brings together new parents with volunteers and others in the community who can lend assistance. This free and voluntary program is available for up to 1 year.
Generations Nurturing Families Parenting Group brings parents together in a supportive environment to allow them to share experiences and work together to be the best parents they can be.
In addition, Generations' Nurturing Families Program offers monthly playgroups that focus on parents meeting new people. Every month the playgroup focuses on a fun activities that include crafts, music, story-time and active play.
Services for People Living in Transition:
The Healthcare to the Homeless Program at Generations, provides funding for primary healthcare and linkages to a health care home through ongoing case management and outreach provided at our health center sites and at locations in the community for people whose primary barrier to care is lack of permanent housing. Our Care Coordinators establish scheduled hours at local shelters, soup kitchens, housing projects and agencies to provide immediate access to health services for people sleeping on the street, in shelters, residing in substandard housing or transitional programs, or doubled up with others temporarily. This Program is funded by the Federal Bureau of Primary Care.
Migrant & Seasonal Farm Workers Program:
Generations has partnered with The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to operate The Connecticut River Valley Farm Worker Health Program. Through this program Generations provides primary care health services to qualified migrant and seasonal farm workers working in the Connecticut River Valley. We conduct outreach at the local farms and provide access to the following services to improve the quality of life of the farm worker and his/her family:
- Primary Health Care
- Preventative medical and dental care
- Health Education
- Prescription medicines
Generations Family Health Center not only provides healthcare and health education on site but also provide these services out in the community to promote healthier lifestyles. Visit our Calendar to see where Generations staff will be next.
Generations employs bilingual, culturally competent staff. Health Education staff work closely with clinicians at Generations and alongside community partners to make sure that individuals and families seeking healthcare have an advocate to assist with navigating the system and obtaining the care they want or need.