Pediatric services are available Heart of the City Health Center and Westside Health Center. We provide care for children from infancy through adolescence with a focus on prevention of disease and injury. We have multiple support services available to assist parents in caring for children with special health care needs, including asthma and obesity (see below). Cherry Health also offers services for children at our family medicine locations.
Westside Health Center Pediatrics
At Westside Health Center Pediatrics, we want to take care of the whole patient by working as a team. We are improving what we do by changing the way we care for you.
Asthma care is provided as a team. The doctor checks the patient to make sure they have a healthy body. The RN Health Coach teaches the patient and family how to make living with asthma easier.
We also have team visits with a doctor and Health Coach for weight check ups. The doctor provides the physical check up at the visit. The Health Coach teaches the patient and family about healthy behaviors that are part of a healthy lifestyle, and helps the family set healthy living goals.
Complete health means taking care of our minds, too. When minds are not healthy, home and school can be difficult. Counseling services are provided on site in a place where the patient and family already feel comfortable. A psychiatrist is also on site to provide specialized help when needed.
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Reach out and Read
Heart of the City Health Center Pediatrics and Westside Health Center Pediatrics participate in the national, research-proven school readiness program called Reach out and Read. This program, designed for children ages 6 months through 5 years of age provides a child with a new book at each regular check up to take home. Trained providers speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud and waiting rooms are filled with kids books. The goal of Reach out and Read is to help children be better prepared for kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills and a six-month developmental edge.
Women Infants and Children Program (WIC)
Cherry Health collaborates with the Kent County Health Department to offer the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) at Cherry Street Health Center and Westside Health Center. This is a state-funded nutrition education and food supplement program for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children up to age five. A registered dietitian provides counseling and education, as well as healthy foods to encourage proper nutrition, growth and development during pregnancy and the formative years of childhood. Breastfeeding education and support are also offered in the WIC Program. Pregnant women seen at any of our sites are offered WIC services, based on specific nutritional needs and income eligibility. For additional information, please contact 616.776.2134.
Maternal Infant Health Program
The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a parent support and coaching program for pregnant mothers and infants. If you are pregnant or have a baby under a year old, and are Medicaid eligible, you can receive MIHP as part of your insurance coverage.
MIHP services are provided by a team to support and encourage new parents. Services can be provided in your home, our office, or another place that you choose in the community.
We can help you:
- Feel prepared for your baby’s birth
- Make good choices for you and your baby
- Understand your pregnancy and your baby’s development
- Find medical care for you and your baby
- Find the right resources in the community
MIHP involves a whole team in supporting families.
- Your nurse will answer your questions and give you information about healthy pregnancy and infant development.
- Your social worker will help you adjust to your pregnancy and parenting, handle stress, and find the resources you need.
- The dietitian will help you understand healthy eating for pregnancy and how to feed your baby.
- Community health workers can provide support, encouragement, and education as well as hands-on help connecting to resources in the community.
The community health workers are part of the Strong Beginnings program, which provides enhanced services for African-American and Latina moms participating in MIHP.
If you would like to receive MIHP and Strong Beginnings or learn more, please contact the MIHP Manager at 616.776.2112.