Welcome to the new CINCH website! Check out what we do and get involved.

We Promote Health for All Children

CINCH is a collective of healthcare professionals, advocates, community members, and parents — all united to support infant and child health for everyone in Hampton Roads and beyond.

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CINCH’s key pillars

Our work centers on six key pillars, allowing us to engage the community and improve children’s health — in Hampton Roads and beyond! See our 2023-2026 Blueprint for Children’s Health.

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Provide or establish relationships to improve community health

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Partner programs, work, and events

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Positive messaging campaigns, educational materials, and trainings

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Push for change at local, state, federal level, PSE changes

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Analyze data

Surveys, assist with data pieces of outside programs, identify community issues and needs, share data with community

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Impact policy

Write grants, develop, implement, evaluate programs and policies to meet community needs

What we do & how you can contribute

Since 1993, CINCH has brought together the Hampton Roads community in pursuit of better, more equitable infant and child health outcomes. We believe that every child has the right to health, and our working groups collaborate to address a variety of critical issues — including obesity, asthma, smoking, and more.

We’re a community-based organization, and we invite ALL voices to participate in finding effective solutions. Everyone is the expert of their own lives, and we value that expertise. Whether you’re a clinician, educator, activist, or parent, there’s a place for you at CINCH!

Check out our past projects

As a community-based organization, CINCH is continuously listening and responding to the needs of our community.

Over the decades, our initiatives have evolved to serve local families — starting in Norfolk and expanding outward to the entire Hampton Roads area.

CINCH’s past initiatives include...
  • Business Case for Breastfeeding
  • Swim4Life
  • Jump4Life
  • StairWELL to Better Health
  • Pinch of Prevention

CINCH initiatives are born out of community-identified needs and priorities. Join CINCH and participate in a working group to bring your voice to the table!

Initiatives sponsored & supported by...

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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
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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
American Cancer Society logo

Frequently asked questions

How can I get in touch with CINCH staff?

Send us an email at cinch@evms.edu.

How can I get involved in CINCH?

Become a CINCH partner by signing up here. Volunteer or intern with CINCH events and projects using this form.

How can I learn more about CINCH events and initiatives?

Find out more about upcoming CINCH and partner events and initiatives on our calendar.

How can I stay updated with the latest news and activities of CINCH?

How is CINCH connected to Eastern Virginia Medical School?

CINCH lives under the umbrella of Eastern Virginia Medical School in the division of Community Health and Research.

What is CINCH?

The Consortium for Infant and Child Health, or CINCH, is a group of stakeholders and community members on a mission to ensure equitable child health and safety in the Eastern Virginia region.

Have another question? Contact us any time.