The Indigenous Healthy Babies Healthy Children (IHBHC) program grew out of the provincial Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program, a legislated provincial initiative introduced by the Government of Ontario in 1997. As with all programs and services funded through IHWS, IHBHC combines traditional and mainstream programs and services to help improve Indigenous health outcomes and reduce family violence in Indigenous families.
IHBHC is designed to:
- Ensure that urban Indigenous families and children (prenatal to age six) have access to effective and consistent early intervention services; and,
- Provide the best opportunities for healthy child development through home visiting, service coordination, parenting groups, cultural teachings, and traditions.