West Virginia Healthy Start H.A.P.I. Project
West Virginia University School of Medicine
P. O. Box 9186
Morgantown, WV 26506
The WV Healthy Start/HAPI (Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants) Project works collaboratively with existing systems, specifically the WV Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health Title V Program called Right From The Start (RFTS), to provide comprehensive, integrated services to those women, infants and families at highest risk. Services for both programs are delivered by the same staff and maximize the use of state and federal resources. Simultaneous enrollment in HAPI and RFTS allow the blending of resources to provide a comprehensive package of services that would otherwise be unavailable to women, infants and families.
The WV HAPI Project’s service region includes eight mostly rural counties in north central WV. Services are targeted to improve maternal well-being during pregnancy, postpartum and the interconceptional period. Services provided in-home include education, assessment, and referral for healthy pregnancy behaviors, oral health, substance abuse, postpartum depression (screening, referral and payment for treatment), and interconceptional health.