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The links below contain valuable information about government programs, non-profit agencies, and health guides that can benefit you, your baby, and your entire family. The descriptions in italics below each link are excerpted from the linked web sites with short descriptions about each site. Please note that each link will open in a new window. Close that window to return to the Palmetto Healthy Start web site.

Government Agencies

South Carolina's early intervention program for infants and toddlers.

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
DHEC promotes healthy lifestyles for South Carolinians through statewide and county office programs and services.

SC Department of Social Services
DSS provides many services for low-income families including child care, nutrition programs, child support, employment services, and family independence resources.

Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council
LRADAC provides counseling and resources for those trying to end substance abuse.

Partners for Healthy Children
Partners for Healthy Children is a government health insurance program for children which gives free health care to children in families with low income.

Women, Infants and Children Program (DHEC)
WIC is a special supplemental food program run by DHEC and designed to provide important nutritional support to low-income women, infants, and children (requires Macromedia Flash).

Non-Profit Agencies

Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health is a South Carolina nonprofit public benefit corporation consisting of Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia and Palmetto Health Baptist Easley.

Palmetto Health Teen Talk
Palmetto Health recognizes that being a teen can be a challenging time in life. Teens are faced with many difficult decisions. We want to give you the information you need to help you make good choices toward a bright future.

Richland County First Steps
Richland County First Steps is a state-funded, county-directed effort to improve the educational readiness of children entering the first grade.

Low Country Healthy Start
A sister South Carolina Healthy Start local project, serving Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton, and Orangeburg counties.

Pee Dee Healthy Start
A sister South Carolina Healthy Start local project, serving Chesterfield, Darlington, Marion, and Williamsburg counties.

Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America is a national program model designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start.

Health Advice

The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Children (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
Working with the doctor, nurse, or other health care provider to keep your child well is as important as getting treatment when he or she is sick. This revised Guide briefly explains preventive care for children—such as checkup visits, immunizations, and tests and exams—and provides guidance on related issues.

How to Give Medicine to Children (Food and Drug Administration)

Medical Care for Your 2-3 Year Old
Medical Care for Your 4-5 Year Old
Medical Care for Your 6-12 Year Old (Nemours Foundation)
Regular well-child examinations by your child's doctor are essential to keep your child healthy and up-to-date with immunizations against many dangerous childhood diseases. A checkup also gives your child's doctor an opportunity to talk to you about developmental and safety issues and gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your child's overall health.