Our First Connections program provides free, voluntary, confidential home visits to women who are pregnant and families with young children from birth to age three.
First Connections is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health and Department of Human Services. We provide visits in Burrillville, Cumberland, Foster, Glocester, Johnston, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield, Scituate, Smithfield and Woonsocket. Anyone may offer to arrange a home visit for a family.
What we do:
We take referrals from:
Conduct home visits
- Healthcare Providers and Social Service Providers - our visits include pre-natal and peri-natal visits and Hepatitis B prevention.
- Birthing Hospitals - when a newborn is discharged from the hospital referrals are based on the results of the newborn developmental assessment or the clinical judgment of hospital staff.
- Families and Self Referrals
Trained nurses, social workers, and community health workers meet with families in their homes to talk about their needs, answer questions they may have, and conduct comprehensive assessments. If needed, arrangements for interpretation services during home visits can be arranged.
Link Families with Services
Based on the needs of the family, visit topics may include health education and connections with appropriate healthcare services, human services and community resources. If a child does not have a medical home, we can help the family find one. We also conduct child wellness screenings and communicate the results with the child's healthcare provider.
What You Should Do:
- If you are interested in receiving a home visit, please call 401-235-7000 and ask for the First Connections program. You can make a home visiting appointment at any time if you are pregnant or have a child younger than age three.
- If you are a healthcare or social service provider, refer interested families for home visits. Call the First Connections Intake Coordinator at 401-235-7000 to make an appointment. The Department of Health has a list of First Connections providers by community served.