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Healthy Generations Program
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Setting You Up for Successful Parenting
Our Healthy Generations Program provides care and guidance for teen parents as you learn to navigate a new world for yourselves and your children.
The Healthy Generations Program is a "teen-tot" program that strives to provide comprehensive, family-centered health care for teen parents and your children. The program goals are to:
- Improve health, developmental and behavioral outcomes
- Nurture positive parenting skills
- Support your educational and career goals
- Strengthen relationships
- Support family planning
- Support your responsible sexual decision-making
Our program was established in 1995 and to-date has provided more than 2,000 parenting teens with compassionate, culturally sensitive care — supporting you and your young children during critical early years.
Generations is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as an evidenced-based program to prevent repeat teen pregnancy.
We currently serve over 300 teen-headed families at four primary care locations.
We enroll young parents up to 18 years old and offer health care and related services through age 21 for teen parents and your children. The program provides these services once your baby is born.
- New patient and newborn evaluations
- Infant nutrition
- Well-child physicals
- Urgent care during illnesses
- Developmental assessments
- School and daycare health forms
- Breastfeeding support
- Care for asthma, mental health and obesity
- Case management
- Family planning services/birth control
- Gynecologic care
- Prescription refills
- Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- Diapers distributed at every well child visit (provided by Greater DC Diaper Bank)
- Parenting support
- Connections to school-based services including the New Heights Program, assistance with on-site daycare and college programs
- Nutrition programs like WIC (supplemental food program for women, infants and children)
- Help applying for health insurance
- Referrals to the Children’s Law Center for legal assistance
- Connection to D.C. NEXT!: Network for expectant and parenting youth jointly run by D.C. Primary Care Association and Howard University
Watch the video
Breastfeeding After Birth
Sahira Long, M.D., F.A.A.P., medical director at Children's National Anacostia and lactation consultant discusses helpful information about breastfeeding.
Compared to city and national averages, teen parents who are enrolled in this program are more likely to be in school, more likely to graduate from high school and are less likely to become pregnant again. In addition, children have higher immunization rates and increased enrollment in Head Start.
If you are a provider and would like to refer a patient to the program, please complete our form for parents age 18 and younger, after the delivery of their baby. Teen parents who would like to join our program may also fill out the form for themselves. A social worker from the program will contact you to schedule an appointment.
If you have questions, please contact Christiana Jolda at 202-476-6923 or email us.
Healthy Generations Program Team