Healthy Start Serving Dauphin County

Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg PA provides free case management services to pregnant families and those with children 0-18 months who reside in Dauphin County.

Early assistance for young children and their families can improve health outcomes during and after pregnancy, and lay the foundation for better lifelong health in our community.


Free Support

GHHS services focus on improving the body, mind, and social health of mothers, fathers, and children while pregnant and parenting in Pennsylvania. Services promote:

  • Connection to Preventative Health Care We ensure all families have access to health insurance, a medical home, women’s health services, pediatric services, and specialty services.
  • Timely Access to Mental Health Services We screen all participants for stress and depression. We partner with local providers to ensure timely access to services.
  • Child Development We can always learn more about our pregnancy and our children’s development needs. Receive free screenings, education, and resources to assist you in raising your family.
  • Education Whether it’s one-on-one or in a group, GHHS focuses on helps you maximize your potential.
  • advocacy We recognize the realities of domestic violence, addiction, past abuse, and community stressors. We work with you to help you reach your best health.

Specialized Services and Events

Triple P

Free parenting tips available to families with children ages 0-12 years. Does not require participation in GHHS program.

Baby Buggy Event

GHHS exists because every child in the Greater Harrisburg area does not reach his or her first birthday. This annual event raises awareness about infant mortality in our community while making fitness, nutrition, and community connections all geared to improve you and your family’s health.

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Meet the Team

Part of what makes GHHS such a rewarding experience is the team of dynamic and passionate staff that provide the education and support to families.

Nichole Lehr

Senior Director of Maternal and Child Health

I love working with the Healthy Start Pediatrics Program to deliver the best possible services to the families in Harrisburg that we serve. I truly enjoy empowering families and watching individuals discover their own strength and potential.  I am honored to work beside such dedicated individuals who are an amazing source of guidance and support to the families we work with.

Yajaira Nuñez

Administrative Assistant

I’m the first person you’ll greet either in person or by phone. I really enjoy being in a position where I can assist my co-workers or our participants in every way possible.

Alisha R. Washington, MS

Health Educator and DEI Coordinator

My favorite part about working with GHHS is the chance to help participants see their potential. It’s so fulfilling to see families become self- reliant through their willingness to succeed. My knowledge of child and adolescent development helps me reveal to families the true enjoyment of these challenging stages of their families’ growth.

Lillian Jones

Case Manager

I love having the ability to work with families in our community and help them achieve their goals and dreams they have for their children and themselves. My goal at GHHS, is to encourage families to realize their full potential and help supply them with the tools to harness it. I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of our client’s journey.

Eugenia Rodriguez Soto

Case Manager

As a Certified Doula, Breastfeeding & Lamaze Educator, I’m delighted to join the team at HHC! Healthy Start Program is a great platform to serve and educate our community in healthy parenting practices and healthy lifestyles that promote mother-infant health and wellness. From pre conception to postpartum, I enjoy to facilitate women find their inner power and learn how to use it while supporting them to achieve their goals. You can do this!

Candice Raines

Enrollment Specialist

As an Enrollment Specialist, I am one of the first contacts with participants within the program. I have a background in mental health and child welfare, which can be useful in helping participants to feel comfortable in sharing their stories and needs. I am happy to be able to help empower families in Harrisburg, PA to reach their goals and achieve overall healthier lifestyles. I have been working in a supportive role in this community for the last 10 years and enjoy being a part of such a great program which supports increasing the overall health of families by providing education and parenting supports and resources.

Amanda Shartle

Healthy Start Manager

D'Aisha Bates

Case Manager

I love working at GHHS. The best part of my job and being able to work with families and watch them grow from the day they enter our program until they close out, it’s an amazing feeling to assist them along the way. I believe we all have a purpose and my true purpose is to give back and help anyone I come across. GHHS is a perfect way I can achieve that!

Jody Ramsey

Case Manager

Diane Schreiber

Case Manager

I am happy to be a part of this innovative team. My entire career has focused on fostering healthy child development and lifelong well-being for families and communities. I enjoy helping people to attain their full health potential.

Jorge Callazo

Case Manager- Fatherhood Initiative

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