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First Connections Program

South County Home Health provides free, voluntary, confidential home visits to pregnant women and families with young children, birth to age three. 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. Home visits are 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.

South County Home Health can also conduct child wellness screenings and communicate the results with the child's healthcare provider. If needed, home visitors can make arrangements for interpretation services during home visits. If you are an expecting parent, you may be contacted after the birth of your child to arrange a home visit.

South County Home Health will visit homes in:

  • Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Greenwich, West Warwick and Westerly

First Connections is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health and Department of Human Services.

Anyone may offer to arrange a home visit for a family. We take referrals from:

  • Birthing hospitals, when a newborn is discharged from the hospital. Referrals are based on the results of the newborn developmental assessment or on the clinical judgment of hospital staff.

  • Healthcare and social service providers, if they think a child and family would benefit from home visiting.

  • Families (i.e., self-referrals)

If you are interested in receiving a home visit, please call 401-782-0500 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.