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Breastfeeding | Childbirth | Child Passenger Safety | KidFit

Reach Out and Read® | SIDS Counseling | Smoking Cessation

Breastfeeding Support

We encourage all women to breastfeed their infants and offer breastfeeding education and assistance by a board-certified Lactation Consultant, breastfeeding peer counselors, and WIC nutritionists who are Certified Breastfeeding Educators.

For more information about the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, please contact the Breastfeeding Program Manager Lori Bradley at 694-6028, or call a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor:

  • Tammie Bogin at 694-6030 (English)
  • Jocelyn Chavez at 694-6031 (Spanish)


The Small Wonders Childbirth Series is Lamaze-based and will teach you how to have a healthy birth and cope with the stages of labor. You will learn about common interventions during labor and birth, as well as breastfeeding and bonding. The series also includes a tour of one local hospital's labor and delivery unit.

The series is held for five weeks on a weeknight from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Instruction is offered in both English and Spanish.

For registration and fee information, contact Kaye Brownlee, BSSW, LCCE, Health Educator, at (828) 694-6066.

Child Passenger Safety

Child passenger safety education is provided on Wednesdays from 12:00 -1:00 pm. Our child passenger safety technician instructs parents on car seat usage and proper installation. A free car seat is given to parents in need of assistance who attend the class (as funding is available). To register, contact Kaye Brownlee, BSSW, LCCE, Health Educator, at (828) 694-6066.We are also a resource for assisting parents in locating free or reduced price infant and booster seats.

For additional information on child passenger safety, visit The Car Seat Lady.

Never leave your child alone in a car. Did you know that a child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s? It only takes a few short minutes before a child can become dangerously overheated. For more information visit the Safe Kids USA Parent Center. Another resource for safety information is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


KidFit is a weight management program for children and teens ages 2-18 years of age. Individual nutrition counseling services are provided at the Henderson County Department of Public Health by a registered dietitian. Families are taught to make healthy choices through interactive lessons and encouraged to participate in daily physical activity. Please read the bilingual KidFit brochure on our Publications page.

To participate, contact your child's doctor, school nurse, or Amy McCall at (828) 694-6029 at the Henderson County Department of Public Health. We must receive a referral from your child's health care provider prior to starting the program. Referrals may be faxed to (828) 694-1600.

Check with your insurance company for dietitian counseling coverage. The program is covered by Medicaid; discounted services are available by providing annual gross income and number of persons in the household. Our priority is to serve your child; no child will be denied services because of inability to pay.

Reach Out and Read® Childhood Literacy Program

At each well-child visit from six months through five years of age, providers give parents an age-appropriate book and guidance on the importance of reading aloud to their child and ways to make reading fun to children of all ages.

SIDS Counseling

Nurses trained in grief counseling provide counseling for families affected by the death of an infant from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Home visits are available. To access this service, call 828-692-4223 and ask for the SIDS counselor. Counseling is available in English and Spanish.

Additional help for grieving families can be found at First Candle.

Smoking Cessation Program

Are you ready to give up tobacco for good? A Smoking Cessation Program led by a trained facilitator is held 4 times each year at The Free Clinics. Participants meet for 7 weeks. To sign up or for more information, contact The Free Clinics at 841 Case Street in Hendersonville, or call (828) 697-8422.

Another resource is QuitlineNC. North Carolinians ready to quit smoking may call the QuitlineNC at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). For service in Spanish call 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569).

QuitlineNC is available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. It is confidential and FREE for all North Carolinians. Quit Coaching through QuitlineNC is available in English and Spanish. Interpretation service is available for other languages.

Quitline Brochure English | Spanish
Quitline Fact Sheet English | Spanish


Click 211

Have you ever wondered how to find help or a community service for yourself or someone in need? Simply dial 2-1-1 from your home, office or cell phone, any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to learn about vital services in your community. This call is free, confidential and available in any language.

United Way's 2-1-1 of Western North Carolina is a local community service information line.

Abuse & Sexual Assault

Safelight is a nonprofit agency that provides support for victims of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Call for help: (828) 693-3840 - 24 hours a day - 7 days a week.


5-2-15-2-1-Almost None! stands for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day; 2 hours or less of screen time per day; 1 hour of physical activity per day; and almost none sugared beverages per day. WNC Healthy Kids advocates that we commit to using 5-2-1-Almost None! to organize and strengthen efforts for reducing childhood obesity.

Children & Family Resource Center
The Children & Family Resource Center promotes the well being of children as it advocates for them and their families, facilitates coordination and collaboration among children’s programs, and provides services and resources for children and their families. See their resource Agencies Serving Youth in Henderson County.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Smart Start of Henderson County offer a program that mails new, age-appropriate books to enrolled Henderson County children every month. Books are free for children birth to five years. Reading is essential to school success, and you can help your child get ready to read.

Girls on the Run
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement through running.This character-development program for pre-adolescent girls (3rd-8th grades) strengthens girls physically, emotionally, and socially in preparation to face the upcoming pressures of adolescence.The program is offered on a sliding scale starting at $15, and no girl is turned away for inability to pay.

Smart Start of Henderson County believes that every child's future begins at birth. Smart Start is an early education initiative created to ensure that all young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

Health Information

Eat Smart Move More is your source for tips and information to help you eat smart and move more everyday!

NC Health Info, a service of the UNC Health Sciences Library, offers access to web sites of health and medical information and local health services serving North Carolina residents.

The websites below are starting points for both the public and the health care professional. Please note that the Department of Public Health does not necessarily endorse the information or advertising associated with these websites. Please contact your health care provider before using any health information obtained from the Internet.

Find information on hundreds of diseases, conditions, drugs and wellness issues. Other tools include medical dictionaries and current health news. Very reliable for drug information. Español

Reliable health information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Español

Health information from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Español

Provides doctor-approved, jargon-free health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

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El Centro of Henderson County
The mission of El Centro is to create a more inclusive community for Latinos by providing unique services, developing grassroots leaders, and working together to access community resources.


Homeward Bound is a nonprofit organization ending homelessness in Buncombe and Henderson Counties of North Carolina.

Medical Care

Blue Ridge Community Health Services is located at 64E & Howard Gap Road or 2579 Chimney Rock Road in Hendersonville. Call (828) 692-4289 to learn more about their services.

Pardee Hospital can be reached at (828) 696-1000. The hospital is located at 800 North Justice Street. Spirit of Women is a national designation that refers to the hospital’s commitment to provide exclusive programming that engages physicians and women—the spirited influencers of healthcare choices—through inspiring experiences, events, education and communications. Pardee Hospital holds this designation in Henderson County.

Park Ridge Health is located at 100 Hospital Drive in Hendersonville. Call (828) 684-8501 to learn more about Park Ridge Health.

The Free Clinics (TFC) enhances the Henderson County healthcare system to ensure the accessibility of quality healthcare for uninsured, low-income clients. TFC works with volunteers and partnering healthcare providers to provide healthcare, prevention, education, medication access, and case management services, including specialty referrals.

Mental Health

NAMI Four Seasons is a grassroots affiliate of NAMI National and NAMI North Carolina serving Henderson and Polk Counties. Our mission is to provide support and education for families affected by mental illness and to advocate for quality lives without stigma or discrimination.

Thrive focuses on assisting individuals who are experiencing mental health symptoms get back on their feet. Our programs provide opportunities to learn coping, social, independent living and vocational skills. We assist in obtaining jobs and giving back to the community.

Vaya Health at 1-800-849-6127 is for anyone in Western North Carolina who needs services for mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Safe Surrender—What you know about North Carolina's Safe Surrender Law could save a life. This law allows an overwhelmed parent to surrender a newborn up to 7 days old to a responsible adult and walk away. Call 1-800-FOR-BABY. In an emergency, call 911.

Prescription Drugs & Needle Disposal

Medications can always be brought to the lobby of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office any weekday (excluding county holidays) from 8am-5pm. Click here for more information.

Prescription Medication Safety (bilingual) PDF

Safe Needle Disposal Is Easy English | Spanish

Medical Waste -FAQ- Maybe your question is answered here!


Aging Well Learning Network
This site seeks to serve older adults, caregivers, and professionals in the field of aging throughout Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, Transylvania Counties in Western North Carolina.  

The Council on Aging for Henderson County provides and coordinates services to keep older adults living independently.

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Henderson County Public Schools Migrant Education Program
This program is designed to improve educational opportunities for migrant children who change schools frequently and often miss school due to their parents’ transient work in agriculture. The staff works in close partnership with schools, parents, health and social service agencies, and the community at large to identify and serve migrant families. The program offers academic support and addresses family needs. It is free and confidential.

Special Needs

NC Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Help Line
1-800-737-3028 A toll-free help line for parents and professionals with children and youth who have special health care needs or send an email to: CYSHCN.Helpline@dhhs.nc.gov

Referral Flow Chart for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
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St. Gerard House - Autism Spectrum Disorder
St. Gerard House, a non-profit serving families facing autism, offers evidence-based treatment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, developmental delays and behavioral health needs. In addition, we provide training, consultation, and support for families, educators, institutions, and any others involved with the treatment or care of these individuals. Our services are available to families and professionals in Western North Carolina. Call (828) 693-4223 for more information.

Vaya Health at 1-800-849-6127 is for anyone in Western North Carolina who needs services for mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Substance Abuse

HopeRx is a community-based prescription drug abuse initiative centered on education, prevention and treatment. Naloxone is a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when given in time. Naloxone Nasal Spray Kits are available with a prescription to those at risk of overdose and for family members who have a loved one at risk. Call The Free Clinics at (828) 697-8453.

Vaya Health at 1-800-849-6127 is for anyone in Western North Carolina who needs services for mental health, developmental disabilities or substance abuse. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


It's OK to Ask addresses youth suicide prevention. Videos on the site were created by North Carolina students.





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Last updated October 20, 2016