Williamsburg’s Child Health Initiative receives new funding

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Children support their peers at Camp Lighthouse, a two-day camp for grieving youth and adults. Registration is open for the program Saturday and Sunday at the the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center (Submitted)
The Child Health Initiative serves children in the City of Williamsburg. (Submitted)

The City of Williamsburg’s Child Health Initiative/Care Team Pilot Project will continue to receive funding from the Williamsburg Health Foundation.

Originating in 2015 thanks to Williamsburg Health Foundation funding, the Child Health Initiative is a family-based approach to address health and behavioral needs for children in the city.

A team of professionals, including a social worker, case manager and visiting nurse, help families access and work through risk factors that may impact a child’s health. This includes making sure the child has well-rounded nutrition, the ability to learn and positive involvement at a school in the community.

The project, which coordinates with Williamsburg-James City County Schools and Child Development Resources, will continue to be funded thanks to a $260,000 grant from the Williamsburg Health Foundation.

“With additional staff support from the Child Health Initiative, families have additional opportunities to overcome their challenges and provide for the health and well-being of their children,” Jeanne Zeidler, President and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation said in a news release. “The program aims to promote efficient, coordinated utilization of existing community resources and to teach families the skills they need to navigate those resources.”

The Child Health Initiative, which will complete its first full year of operation this fall, is one of many projects supported by the Williamsburg Health Foundation. The Williamsburg Health Foundation also supports programs aimed at helping the young, elderly and disabled.