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HealthySteps Program/Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP)

Ever wish that babies came with instructions? Montefiore Medical Group offers a program for parents of infants and toddlers called HealthySteps. This program helps to ensure that parents and their babies get started on the right track.

During pediatric appointments from birth through 5 years, babies are seen by a HealthySteps Specialist in addition to their pediatrician. HealthySteps Specialists are specially trained experts in child development and behavior, and have experience working with infants, toddlers, parents and healthcare professionals.

HealthySteps monitors development and behavioral needs with:

  • A HealthySteps Specialist at many well-baby checkups
  • A dedicated parent hotline to answer questions regarding care of infants and toddlers
  • Educational materials on a variety of parenting topics, including toilet training, discipline, crying and sleeping patterns
  • Optional home visits
  • Parent discussion groups and referrals
  • Referrals to children's specialists, including hearing and speech pathologists
  • On-site treatment for parents regarding depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns

At HealthySteps, part of the Behavioral Health Integration Program at MMG, parents of infants and toddlers are not alone. We take extra care to ensure that all of baby's first steps are healthy ones.

The Academic Pediatric Association bestowed the 2018 Health Care Delivery Award to the program for the innovative and effective nature of the program in providing pediatric health care.

To learn more, visit the National HealthySteps site at

Supporting New Moms and Their Babies During COVID-19

In recognition of their patients’ hardships, doctors from Montefiore Health System sprung into action and received emergency grant funds to purchase essential items such as diapers, wipes, formula, thermometers and breast pumps for new mom and baby care packages. The team also put these needs on their Amazon Wish List and received close to $30,000 worth of essential items. Watch the video below, as staff from CHAM and Montefiore Medical Group gave their time to put together more than 200 care packages to date.

Rise Up New York!

CHAM’s efforts to provide essential supplies to new moms and their babies during COVID-19 was featured during the Rise Up New York! Robin Hood Foundation Relief Benefit. Watch the video.

Program Leadership

Miguelina German, PhD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Contact Information

P: 646.477.9037 F: 718.653.5294

Primary Location

Montefiore at 3307 Bainbridge Avenue 3307 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467-2850
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Pauline L. Umylny, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine



Contact Information

P: 718.579.2500 F: 718.579.2599

Primary Location

Montefiore Medical Group-Comprehensive Health Care Center (CHCC) 305 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451-3535
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