Who We Are
Healthy Communities is working to make a difference in the health of Bartholomew County through the work of our teams, committed to a vision of our county as a community where each member is valued and shares in the responsibility of making a difference.
Current initiatives include:
• Breastfeeding Coalition • IMPACT
• Community Medication Assistance Program • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
• Healthy Lifestyles • Tobacco Awareness
Financial support for Healthy Communities is made possible through generous gifts to Columbus Regional Health Foundation and by various local, state and national grants.
“I don’t know where to start…..”
• Many employers provide Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) please consult with your
benefits administrator regarding these helpful free services.
• 211 is a referral resource for substance use and mental health services in your area.
• Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress in Bartholomew County (ASAP) has many resources
including self help and support groups for substance use recovery. Please visit ASAPbc.org for
Take care of yourself for better mental health
• Eat well, sleep well, and exercise.
• Check in with family, friends, and counselors. Maintain healthy relationships.
• Find healthy ways to relax- meditation, prayer, walking, all promote stress reduction.
Be aware of the suicide warning signs:
• Feeling hopeless
• Talking, writing or posting about killing oneself or hurting oneself
• Looking for access to methods to kill oneself
• Feeling or seeking revenge
• Engaging in risky behaviors including substance use
• Feeling trapped or there’s no way out
• Withdrawing from friends and family
• Sleep disturbances: too much or too little
• Dramatic mood changes
Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call or Text: 1-800-273-8255 | (Spanish) 888-628-9454
Resources for New Moms and Families
Tracey Blake, RN, BSN, IBLC | 812-314-9157
Program Services: The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a voluntary, home-visitation program for first time Medicaid mothers and their children. NFP pairs a nurse (RN) with a family starting no later than 28 weeks of pregnancy, through the child’s second birthday. Nurses are able to identify incremental steps the mother can take to improve her personal life course and to build self-efficacy. Nurses visit new mothers approximately nine times during pregnancy and approximately 23 times post-partum. This program is completely free.
Breastfeeding Help, Safe Sleep, Service Coordination
Program Services: Tobacco Awareness Coordinator offers smoking cessation courses and
connections to the quitline.
Clarity Pregnancy Services
812-378-4730 | 2420 7th Street, Columbus, IN 47201
Program Services: Clarity offers confidential pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and the Baby & Me Tobacco Free, a program the helps moms quit smoking by providing cessation counseling and diaper vouchers, if they test tobacco free. The program begins during the prenatal period and continues monthly until the baby reaches a year. A smoker who lives with the pregnant woman can also enroll into the program and if successfully quits smoking, may be eligible to receive diaper vouchers during the postpartum period.
Smoking Cessation, material assistance, car seats, pack ‘n plays, baby shower in a bag, maternity and baby clothing, STI Testing and Treatment, pregnancy tests and ultrasound.
Childrens’ Bureau Inc.
812-314-2213 | 1531 13th Street, Suite G800, Columbus, IN 47201
Program Services: Advocacy for the family, In-home case management, information and referrals.
WIC New Hope Services- Bartholomew County
812-379-1557 | 1531 13th Street, Suite G 450
Program Services: Nutrition counseling, breastfeeding consults, food assistance, breast pumps and peer counseling. Please contact WIC New Hope Services for eligibility.
Breastfeeding Help, Prenatal Screenings, Food Assistance, Safe Sleep
Bartholomew County Health Department
812-379-1555 Opt. 1 | 2675 Foxpointe Drive, Suite B
Program Services: Prescription strength
pre-natal vitamins are available with verification of pregnancy. Safe sleep education is provided at each appointment to pick up prenatal vitamins, (three events). Pregnancy testing, STI Testing, Dental Hygienist, blood lead level for pregnant women and children.
Safe Sleep, Free Prenatal Vitamins
Nurse n’ Chat
812-376-5097 | 812-374-2746 (Natasha mobile)
Tue., 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. | Fri., 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
424 Washington Street, Columbus, IN
Program Services: Free breastfeeding support, weight check with a Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Family Service, Inc.
812-372-3745 | 1531 13th Street, Suite 2540, Columbus, IN 47202
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Post-partum Support Group
Healthy Families is a home-based service designed to support families in preparing for and adjusting to a new baby. Services are free, voluntary and confidential.
Participants receive home visits from a Family Support Specialist who will bring information about the following: - Child Development - Community Services - Budgeting and finance - Transportation - Effective discipline techniques - Continuing education - Employment opportunities - fun activities
Safe Sleep, Service Coordination, transportation
Human Services, Inc.
812-799-3266 | 4355 E. 600 N. Columbus, IN 47203
Program Services: Breastfeeding resources, transportation to health appointments, track prenatal health, diapers, wipes and breastfeeding storage bags are provided. Please contact to determine eligibility.
Breastfeeding Help, Safe Sleep, Service Coordination
United Way of Bartholomew County
Program Services: Offers information about a variety of resources for Bartholomew County.