Start Prenatal Care
Smart Start is a program just for pregnant women. Our prenatal case managers teach the best ways to care for Mom and Baby through pregnancy and beyond.
"Smart Start" in a nutshell:
Services for Special Needs
We all know it's tough to raise a healthy, happy family. When physical or mental health concerns interfere with your time together, stress levels go up. The City of St. Joseph Health Department is here to help you find solutions.
Somebody Loves Me! Immunizations
All children need immunizations before they turn two. The "Somebody Loves Me" program will help you keep your kids' immunizations up to date, protecting them from preventable diseases.
"Somebody Loves Me!" in a nutshell:
Car Seat, Helmet & Seat Belt Use
Do you have a minute? Because that is all it takes to protect your loved ones by making sure everyone is buckled up.
The safest place for all children under 12 is to be buckled in the middle of the back seat. Little ones need to be in the correct safety seat. Listed below are the basics, but for more detail see NHTSA (http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov ).
Babies under 12 months and under 20-22 pounds should always ride in the back in a rear-facing infant seat. Children who are at least age 1 and up to about age 4 (or 20-40 pounds) should ride in a forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat. Kids who are 4 to 8 (or 40 to 80 pounds) and 4’ 9” tall, need to be in a booster seat in the back seat.
For the rest of their lives, use the vehicle seat belt - if you teach this habit early, they will wear a seat belt regularly. The best way to teach is by example, and data shows that drivers who buckle up are more likely to have passengers who also wear a safety belt.
Also, Kids on wheels need to wear helmets. For good information on how to use car seats and helmets properly, contact the St. Joseph Safety Council at (816) 233-3330.
Missouri HealthNet for Kids
Making ends meet just got easier, with Missouri HealthNet for Kids!
Missouri HealthNet for Kids is an affordable health insurance program for working families. Our kids mean the world to us, yet many do not have health insurance even though their parents work. Missouri HealthNet is a new choice for families to get low-cost or free health insurance for kids 18 years and under.
No child should be without health insurance - call to see if Missouri HealthNet will work for your family.
For more information, call the City of St. Joseph Health Department or call Missouri HealthNet for Kids directly at 1-888-275-5908, or click on the following link: