Family Home Visiting
The Nicollet County Public Health Team offers a variety of family home visiting services by registered nurses, social workers, and community health workers to support parents, caregivers, and children.
Families are served regardless of income or insurance status, and services are provided at no cost to the family. The families we serve determine visit frequency, which can be as few as one or two visits to longer term visiting up to three years. Services provided promote healthy pregnancies, positive birth outcomes, and create safe and nurturing environments for children and families to thrive.
If you would like to refer yourself or someone else for a family home visit, please complete this form.
Visit the Help Me Connect website for a comprehensive list of resources for pregnant and expectant families that support healthy prenatal care, education, and basic needs.
Babies communicate with predictable body language, but sometimes it is difficult to decode. Below are a few videos to help translate what your baby is telling you.
- Baby cues video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve7yXXRaYT8
- Hunger cues video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABAXgubx58Q
- Baby cues video (I want to play): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGApWAUuxas
- Baby cues video (I need a break): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQvCj-weoow
Pregnant women in their 7th through 9th month of pregnancy, babies after being enrolled in medical assistance, and children can receive car seats and booster seats through their Blue Plus or UCare medical assistance plan. Please visit the child passenger safety page for more information.
Cradle of Hope
Cradle of Hope is a non-profit organization that helps pregnant women and their babies obtain financial and material assistance to help relieve stress during difficult situations. Nicollet County is a ‘crib site,’ meaning we are able to provide safe sleep education and portable cribs to families in need. If you are unable to afford a safe pace for your baby to sleep, we would love to help you; please call Rebecca at 507-934-7226.
- Follow Along Program information and enrollment (click blue ‘Enroll Here’ button to enroll): https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/childrenyouth/fap/index.html
- Direct online WIC application: https://redcap.health.state.mn.us/redcap/surveys/?s=LNKN377EPE
- Online application for SNAP (also called food stamps), cash assistance, emergency assistance, child care assistance, and housing support: https://mnbenefits.mn.gov/
- Online application for Medical Assistance (you will need to set up an online account): https://auth.mnsure.org/RIDP/?account_type=Individual
- Minnesota WIC webpage: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/wic/
- To apply, click ‘Apply for WIC’ on list of links on left side
Families who have just had a baby will receive the below outreach letter informing them about our services.