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Healthy Families Howard County Accredited for Quality Service

For Immediate Release            
Oct. 21, 2013
Contact: Sharon Sopp, 410.740.7646,

Healthy FamiliesColumbia, Md. – Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) America has announced that Healthy Families Howard County (HFHC) at Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine has been accredited for the third time as a provider of high quality home visitation services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.

HFHC provides first-time parents with educational and emotional support to ease their transition through pregnancy and into the first five years of parenthood. This free program gives parents access to community resources and allows qualifying participants to receive home visitation and referrals from Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland (FCS).

Operational funding for the program comes from a grant from the Howard County Children’s Board and in-kind services from HCGH and FCS. Healthy Families Howard County is administered by Howard County General Hospital in partnership with FCS. Since 2001, more than 6,000 families have entered the program, with over 535 families enrolled in the home visitation portion.

PCA America was established in 1972 with the belief that child abuse and neglect is preventable. The not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization is committed to preventing child abuse in all forms through education, research, public awareness and public policy development. Today, PCA America has 50 statewide chapters.

About Howard County General Hospital

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 253 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care.

The hospital has a professional staff of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals and more than 440 volunteers.


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