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Healthy Schenectady Families and Healthy Schenectady Neighborhoods


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Raising a happy, healthy child is no easy task. Just ask any parent!  

Healthy Schenectady Families (HSF) is a free and voluntary home visiting program for pregnant families and families with newborn infants living in the County of Schenectady. The benefits of Healthy Families™ programs nationwide are proven, significant, and impact a wide range of child and family outcomes.  

 HSF  promotes a healthy, safe, and supportive community comprised of strong families and individuals working together to provide a foundation for healthy development that will last a lifetime. Highly trained Family Support Specialists provide information and activities to enhance parent-child interactions, family self-sufficiency and promote the positive health, growth, and development of the entire family.   

  1. All parents want to raise a happy, healthy child.  

  1. Healthy brain and emotional development lead to a resilient secure child. 

  1. It takes a village to raise a child—community and family support is key.  

  1. The skills it takes to raise healthy, successful children can be learned.  

  1. A resilient, secure child will succeed in school, be able to resist high-risk behaviors and will contribute to a healthy society. 

Healthy Schenectady Families is the local Healthy Families New York (HFNY) program that provides evidenced-based home visitation services to families in Schenectady County. 

It is nationally accredited by Healthy Families America (HFA). 

HSF is managed by Schenectady County Public Health Services with staff members provided through contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension Services. We have provided educational home visits to families with young children in Schenectady County since 1998. 

To refer someone or to refer yourself, please call 518-386-2824 ext. 3.

The Schenectady County Healthy Neighborhoods Program is designed to reduce housing-related illness and injury. This voluntary program is funded by the New York State Department of Health and is completely free to residents. It is a home visit based program conducted by public health nurses and targets residences located in the 12303, 12304, 12307, and 12308 zip codes. During the home visit, public health nurses conduct a health and safety assessment and provide health and safety education to families and individuals. Following visits, referrals to other agencies and organizations can be made with tenant permission.

Areas of emphasis include but are not limited to:

  • Fire safety
  • Lead poisoning prevention
  • Pests
  • Asthma
  • Tobacco Control
  • Falls Prevention
  • Child Safety

If you are interested in having a free home visit done, please contact the Schenectady County Healthy Neighborhoods Program at 518-386-2818 or contact use using the Information Request form.