Maternal and Child Health

Breastfeeding peer support

Breastfeeding is the nutritional standard for infant and young child feeding. Human breast milk is the ideal food for infants, and the only food that infants need for the first six months of life.  Breastfeeding peer counselors offer support and assistance to lactating moms, including pumping and storage of breast milk.

Care Connection for Children

A statewide network of centers of excellence for children and youth with special health care needs.  Various UVA-based clinics are available onsite.  The southwest region of the state is served by the office located in Bristol, VA at the Washington County Health Department.

Car Safety Seat Program 

Virginia state law requires the use of child safety seats.  Safety and booster seats are free to income-eligible families, and staff will teach families how to install the seats properly.

Children’s Immunizations

The Virginia Vaccines For Children Program provides the vaccines necessary for children from birth to 18 years of age to protect against childhood illnesses.  Those required for children entering school for the first time are free.  Fees for other vaccines are based on a sliding scale for eligible children.

VDH Dental Preventive Services

This school-based program provides preventive services which include oral screenings and referrals, oral hygiene instructions and education, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish applications.  Other services may also be offered including scaling and polishing of teeth.  The program is intended for children who do not have a family dentist and parental consent is required.   No payment is required to participate, however Medicaid insurance will be billed, if eligible.  To enroll, please complete registration forms at your child’s school.

The program serves Bristol City, Smyth County, and Washington County schools. Additionally, Early Head Start and Head Start Centers in Washington County and Bristol City offer oral screenings and fluoride varnish applications through the program.

Contact Courtney Groseclose, RDH, 276-791-2577, for more information.

Home Visiting Programs

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Pediatric Clinics 

Well-child and school physical exam clinics are offered at all local health department offices.  Fees are based on income.

Safe To Sleep 

In a 2018 report, the Virginia State Child Fatality Review Team determined 87% of non-natural infant deaths between 2014-2016 were sleep-related. Safe sleep is so important for your baby’s safety. Please visit Safe Sleep Virginia and Safe Sleep 365 to learn more about how to protect your littlest family member.


A free mobile information service providing timely health tips to pregnant women and new parents during pregnancy and through a baby’s first year.  The messages focus on topics critical to the health and well-being of mother and child.

WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) 

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*Not all programs are available in all localities


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