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Uniting the Community to Protect & Improve

Children's Health

Since 1993, our network of professionals and advocates have collaborated to ensure a safe, healthy future for kids in Hampton Roads, VA, and beyond.

CINCH is a diverse coalition of healthcare professionals, advocates, educators, parents, and community members. We come together so that every child can grow up safe and healthy.

Together we make an impact on kids’ health!


partners — and growing!

CINCH’s strength as a coalition has always been in our many partners who contribute both as individuals and as representatives of other organization to help plan, implement and participate in our work and projects.


million in grants

Since 1993, CINCH has worked to bring grant funding into our communities to support a variety of projects impacting children’s health, including projects impacting policy, health behaviors and health equity.


increase in immunizations

CINCH began our work as a CDC demonstration project to raise immunization rates, and successfully raised rates in our area by 17% between 1993 and 1996.

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Because every child has the right to good health

Early childhood is a critical stage of physical, mental, and emotional development — and too many families lack access to support and resources to help them raise happy, healthy kids.

CINCH is here to change that!

We believe that all children have the right to health and safety, no matter who they are, where they live, or what their home situation looks like.

And for 30 years, we’ve brought together the Hampton Roads community to directly speak to the needs of local families. If you have kids, care about kids, or care about our greater community, then you have a place at CINCH.

We listen to community voices & collaborate to make change

With hundreds of members and partners, CINCH draws from a wide range of professional backgrounds, trainings, and lived experiences.

Together with community members, we seek to provide evidence-based infant, child, and maternal health support.

We focus on root causes to eliminate health disparities and ensure more equitable access for all families in the Hampton Roads area.

Won’t you join us and be part of the solution?

CINCH focuses on taking action on priority issues identified by our community, including…
  • Advancing black maternal health equity
  • Promoting breastfeeding
  • Supporting action to end community violence
  • Improving asthma management
  • Teaching preschoolers skills for emotional and social wellbeing
  • Helping families make changes for healthier eating and activity
  • Taking action to prevent and treat teen substance use
  • Addressing teen mental health needs

Featured stories from CINCH members

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Nichelle Clark IBCLC & Owner, SonShine & Rainbows Lactation

CINCH member since 2019

“CINCH has been pivotal in expanding my practice. They bring community partners together, allowing us to learn and grow and share resources. I’m able to share the amazing work of CINCH & their community partners with my clients, resources they may not know exist.”

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John Harrington, MD Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters

CINCH member since 2007

VP Quality/Safety and Clinical Integration and previous Division Director of General Academic Pediatrics from 2007-2022

“CINCH initially started as an immunization advocate, but it has grown and become so much more.  When I think of considering having any local impact with a health program for the community the first stop is CINCH.  The group has so many tentacles and connections it makes the process so much easier.”

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Meg Dewitt
Meg Dewitt Hampton Health Dept

CINCH Member since 2012

Population Health Strategist, Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Hampton and Peninsula Health Districts

“I joined CINCH in 2012 to collaborate on community health initiatives and bring resources to the Peninsula on behalf of the Hampton and Peninsula Health Districts. It has truly been a successful partnership, not only in my day-to-day work, but for my organization and our community. I love that CINCH is committed to actively engaging diverse partners and identifying new ways of framing public health issues to influence change. CINCH truly cares about the health and well-being of our community — and therein lies its strength!”

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CINCH is affiliated & connected with...

American Cancer Society logo
YMCA logo
Whro logo
Virginia Premier logo
Virginia Poison Center logo
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles logo
Virginia Cooperative Extension logo
Virginia Beach Department of Public Health logo
City of Virginia Beach logo
The Children's Center logo
Success in School Starts at Square One logo
Sierra Club Virginia Chapter logo
Sentara logo
Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority logo
Patient Advocate Foundation logo
The City of Norfolk logo
My Active Child logo
Loving Steps Giving Kids A Healthy Start logo
Kool Smiles Kids Club logo
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission logo
Endependence Center logo
Eastern Virginia Medical School logo
Dr, Linda Mintle logo
HealthCare logo
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters logo
Children's Harbor logo
Chesapeake Public Schools logo
Virginia Department of Health logo
Elijah Foundation logo
Bon Secours logo
American Lung Association logo