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Help Us Grow Successfully (HUGS)
Phone (423) 209-8080
Fax (423) 209-8156

HUGS Program

Help Us Grow Successfully (HUGS) is a home-based prevention and intervention program that provides services to prenatal/postpartum women, children from birth through age 5, and parents/guardians of these families. The HUGS program is designed to:

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes
  • Improve maternal and child health and wellness
  • Improve child development
  • Maintain or improve family strengths

To achieve these goals, home visitors form a unique and voluntary relationship with a family with identified needs. The home visitors provide education and connect families with resources in their communities.

Who is Eligible for HUGS?

  • Pregnant teens and women
  • Postpartum teens and women
  • Children birth through 5 years of age
  • Parent/Guardian of children under age 6
  • Women who had death of a child less than 2 years of age

How to make a referral:
There are no financial guidelines. Referrals can be made by calling (423) 209-8080 or faxing a referral to (423) 209-8156. Referrals are made by physicians, hospitals, social agencies, clinics, family members and individuals. Click to fill out the HUGS referral form.

Additional Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department programs:

  • Immunizations, WIC, physicals (423) 209-8050
  • Car seat classes (423) 209-8204
  • Breast Feeding-Best Start (423) 209-8321
  • Children's Special Services (423) 209-8080

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