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Family Navigator

Mother and a newborn

Pathways to a Healthy Pregnancy

Registered nurses provide care, support and education to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women. Pathways to a Healthy Pregnancy provides links to social services such as housing, transportation, WIC, quitting smoking, and many others. The program also assists with medical services such as primary care medical homes for mothers and their families, mental health support, and vision and dental appointments.

Our registered nurses work together, offering services at no cost to qualified participants. We meet clients on a monthly basis at their physician appointments or at our Family Navigator offices in Parks Hall 015. The overall goal of the Pathways program is to provide women with support throughout pregnancy and the post-partum period. Addiction treatment support is offered to those who need it. Smoking cessation services are provided through the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program, with incentives. Safe sleep education and free Cribettes are provided through the ODH sponsored Cribs for Kids program.

Family Navigators also provide education, resources, and referrals about reproductive health and birth control options for women and teens.

Contact us

For more information about Pathways to a Healthy Pregnancy, please call us at 740.593.9780 or 740.593.0037.

Child Services

Man holding two children

Finding resources for your child and you

Family Navigator-Child Services are available for children under age 8 with concerns related to developmental delays or behavior difficulties. A pediatric certified RN provides education and screens for concerns through an extensive parent interview and provides local service options as well as information on accessing specialty hospitals and clinics. The Southeastern Ohio Interdisciplinary Developmental Assessment Clinic (SEO-IDAT) for infants and young toddlers exposed to substances during pregnancy may also be accessed through the Family Navigator Program. Infants as young as 2 months of age are evaluated and followed by a team of developmental specialists from HCOM and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Child Development Center. Physicians, schools, early intervention agencies, and other providers may refer to the program by faxing the Family Navigator Referral form [Word] to 740.593.0089. Parents may self-refer by contacting Sue Meeks, RN-BC at 740.593.9534.

The Family Navigator Program provides the following services:

  • Screen children for signs of developmental delays
  • Screen children for signs of autism spectrum disorders
  • Provide parents with development, parenting, diagnostic and social-emotional education
  • Provide families with referral options
  • Provide information about behaviors and treatment for children with a history of abuse and other traumatic events
  • Provide ongoing developmental and medical screenings for children exposed to substances during pregnancy and ongoing support for parents with substance use disorder.


Finding Answers when Parents Ask... [PDF]

Autism Info

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Ohio's Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Contact us

For more information about the Family Navigator Program, please call us at 800.844.2654 or 740.593.9534.