Health Families


Healthy Families

Thanks to Healthy Families, I have my self-esteem and self-worth back. I am a better and more positive mother to my children. This program has taught me patience, confidence, and strength and because of those things, I’m gainfully employed and happy.

- Catherine, Healthy Families Participant

Healthy Families New York is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and nationally validated prevention program accredited by Healthy Families America. With active programs in 430 communities across the country, Kids Oneida learns from and contributes to this extensive network of experts and practitioners.

Services Offered

Home Visiting Program
Available to new and expecting parents in Herkimer and Oneida Counties, the Home Visiting Program uses a strengths-based model to provide child development and parenting education, connections to medical providers, assessments of infant-child development, and access to community resources. As an entirely voluntary program with weekly home visits, staff and parents develop strong, trusting, and open relationships that facilitate impressive results.

Hot To Get Involved

If you or someone you know could benefit from our Healthy Families Programs, please fill out the self-referral form or contact our Program Manager from your county using the information provided at the bottom of this page.

Make A Referral
As well as accepting self-referrals, we welcome referrals from community providers. Please use the form below or contact our Program Manager from the appropriate county using the information provided at the bottom of this page.

Results & Impact
The Healthy Families model has been proven to reduce child abuse and neglect, promote positive parenting skills and parent-child interactions, ensure optimal prenatal care, and promote parental self-sufficient. Healthy Families also creates healthier babies, reducing the incidence of low birth weights by 50%. In Addition, Healthy Families reduces reliance on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), with 50% of families graduating from the program no longer needing this benefit.

In 2015, Herkimer County’s Healthy Families Program will be included in an independent evaluation by MDRC, a leading social research organization. Compared to the 36 programs across New York, Herkimer County’s program has among the best outcomes. MDRC’s independent assessment, which is an initiative of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, can further demonstrate the impact and benefits provided by Healthy Families.

Locations & Contact
To find out more about Healthy Families, please contact our Program Managers.

Oneida County
Donna Migliaccio, Program Manager
(315) 731-2627

Herkimer County

Wendy Iamele, Program Manager
(315) 867-1376

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United Way of the Valley & the Greater Utica Area is a local, independent non-profit organization funding area programs and services addressing crucial community issues in the impact areas of health, education, income, basic needs and emergency services. For more information about United Way, to donate to the annual campaign or volunteer for an upcoming event, visit www.unitedwayvgu.org or call (315) 733-4691.