The WV Healthy Start HAPI Project


Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants


Brief Project Overview:

Funded by: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HAPI is one of 96 Healthy Start Projects nationally. This is the only Healthy Start Project in West Virginia.Map of Counties in WV and the HAPI coverage

In Collaboration with: WV Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health, West Virginia University, Health Departments, Community Health Agencies, Family Planning Clinics, OB/GYN Providers, Community Mental Health Centers, Domestic Violence Shelters, Social Service Agencies.

Target Population: Prenatal and Postpartum Women

Target Counties: Barbour, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, and Upshur

Services available free through the Healthy Start/HAPI Project:

Services provided in-home, information/education on healthy pregnancy behaviors, postpartum depression, infant development, wellness, family building, healthy relationships, and healthy behaviors.

Assessments, referral, and payment of treatment for depression, smoking cessation, and family stress including medication and counseling. Assistance with transportation and childcare costs.

Services targeted to improve maternal well-being during pregnancy, postpartum and the interconceptional period.

Community involvement is the key to improving perinatal health. Consortium activities are targeted at increasing community collaboration at all levels and to increase consumer involvement and input into improving services throughout the perinatal healthcare system.

Specialized Oral Health Services for Pregnant Women:

  • Oral Health Education related to Pregnancy and Infants

  • A free Dental Cleaning and Screening

  • A free Sonicare toothbrush and instruction

  • A monthly supply of Crest toothpaste

  • A follow-up Dental screening

Eligibility Criteria:

Prenatal: Any current Right From The Start participant. Eligibility for pregnant women includes: WV Residents, WV Medicaid card.

Postpartum/Interconceptional: Eligibility based on Risk Screening criteria such as, smoking status, postpartum depression, low birth weight-Baby, high birth score, etc. Services extend for 2 years after the birth of the baby. "Mom" is the identified participant, services focusing on Mom's well being.

Goal: To help women have as healthy pregnancies and families as possible, reduce infant mortality, and low birth weight.

A photo of Penny Womeldorff.

Penny S Womeldorff

West Virginia University
Director of WV Health Start/HAPI Project, Obstetrics & Gynecology
A photo of Lisa Cupp.

Lisa Cupp

West Virginia University
Business Manager, Obstetrics & Gynecology
A photo of Cassie Leonard.

Cassie Leonard, MD

West Virginia University
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

1-866-738-HAPI (4274)

To ask about Right From the Start Services eligibility, call the the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health at 1-800-642-8522.

Contact Us:


National Healthy Start Association

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WV Healthy Start / Navigator Project

Here are our navigators:

Kelly Allen, Navigator 
Located in the Morgantown area
Serving Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Harrison, Taylor, Doddridge and Ritchie counties

Carol Bush, Navigator
Located at Barbour County Health Department
Serving Barbour, Upshur, Randolph, Lewis, Tucker, Pendleton, and Pocahontas counties

Brittany Watts, Navigator
Located in Martinsburg, WV
Serving Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan counties

James Adams, Navigator
Located in Wheeling, WV
Serving Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants and Wood