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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Child Health

  • Our Child Health CARELine can connect clients directly with public health nurses.
  • Our Infant Feeding Programs and Services are available to support families with breastfeeding and infant feeding.
  • The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program provides home visits by a public health nurse to qualifying families with children up to six years of age. More information is available below.

Child Health CARELine

Public Health Nurses from our Child and Reproductive Health Program are available to speak with clients by phone to answer their questions about infant feeding, parenting, growth and development, and more. Our nurses can also connect clients with other programs and services to help support them as a parent. We invite you to use our CARELine poster to promote this service.

The CARELine is also available for professionals seeking information or wishing to make referrals to our programs and services. To reach us, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223, or email CARELine@hpeph.ca

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Ontario’s Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program provides home visits by a public health nurse to families with children up to six years of age that may benefit from additional prenatal, postpartum or parenting support. HBHC is a free, confidential and voluntary service for families that qualify for the program.

The following are possible indicators for a referral to HBHC:

  • prenatal health conditions or medical complications during pregnancy
  • prenatal smoking, alcohol or drug use
  • preterm or multiple birth
  • mother is less than 18 years of age
  • mother has not completed high school
  • parental history of depression, anxiety or mental illness
  • single parent, relationship stressors or lack of support
  • parenting concerns
  • concerns regarding the child’s health or growth and development
  • financial stressors
  • family does not have a primary care provider
  • family is new to Canada
  • family has involvement with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS)

Making a Referral to HBHC

Referrals can be made, with the family’s consent, by calling 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269.

Resources for Health Care Providers

Need More Information About Child Health?

To contact the CARELine, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223.

For more information about the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Healthcare Providers

Upcoming Clinics and Classes RELATED TO : Prenatal Education, Infant Feeding Classes, Dental Health Clinic, Immunization Clinic

Oct
06

Belleville Dental Clinic for Kids

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Oct
12

Quinte West Dental Clinic for Kids

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Public Health Quinte West Office

Oct
13

Belleville Dental Clinic for Kids

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Oct
17

Picton Dental Clinic for Kids

October 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Public Health Prince Edward County Office

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.