Children’s Health Improvement Partnership receives holiday donation

Terry Smusz (left) accepts a $1,000 donation from Diane Parsons.

Children’s Health Improvement Partnership of the New River Valley (CHIP) received a wonderful gift, just in time for the holidays!

Diane Parsons of Davita Dialysis Center in Radford donated $1,000.

CHIP provides access to primary healthcare to pregnant women and families with children from birth to age six. Parent education and support for family goals is provided through home visiting case management services.

CHIP is a free program of New River Community Action and partners with local health and human services providers to provide in-home case management to help income-eligible families become healthy & self-sufficient and improve the quality of life for young children & families in need.

The CHIP model is unique to the New River Valley in that it offers comprehensive case management in the home where children receive consistent and comprehensive care in a familiar setting. CHIP services, provided by a nurse and a home visitor team, include helping families make and keep appointments and follow physician recommendations, educational home visits, parenting education, helping families set and reach personal and family goals, transportation to medical and dental appointments, medical case management and referrals to other community-based services to help meet the multifaceted needs of families.

All services emphasize prevention and early intervention. For more information about CHIP, contact 394-3255 or visit our webpage at

— Submitted by Sheila M. West


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