Dr. Michael C. Lu, Associate Administrator Maternal and Child Health Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that our program has an infant mortality rate of 5.2 across all 100 federal Healthy Start sites! That beats the national infant mortality rate of 5.82 (2014). Go Healthy Start!
We made it! We did it!
Over 1,000 moms and babies served- and ahead of schedule!
When we say we served, this is what we mean:
- Provided transportation to medical appointments and Healthy Start classes
- 20% of the students in our onsite GED classes last year were Healthy Start clients
- Signed up families for the Governor’s Young Readers Initiative
- Offered transformative breastfeeding classes
- Provided food for our struggling families
- Worked with Department of Social Services caseworkers to maximize client success
- Offered trained childhood development specialists to work with children while parents are in class
- Provided two home visiting models- federal Healthy Start and Healthy Families America
Our staff has a passion for the mission. That passion has kept the fire alive for 25 years. Even as we celebrate our success, we cannot deny that this is hard work for the staff and families we serve. Staff work at night and during the weekends in order to reach as many people as possible. Many of our families struggle with unstable housing. In fact, we have a few families that are staying in shelters right now, but they work hard not to miss our classes!
No one does this work alone. We want to thank all of our partners, board members, and volunteers for helping us reach this important goal. We can’t wait to reach the next one.
You are so important during pregnancy! Everyone needs you during this time to bring healthy food, rub mom’s back and tell baby stories (even while still in the belly– he/she/they can hear you). There is so much to learn and doing it with a partner is way easier than doing it alone. Don’t believe me? Check out this short video!
In recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month, learn how to create a safe sleep environment for baby. Keep baby safe and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. #SafeToSleep
Over 100 Healthy Start sites across the US and work together to help moms, families and children get all the help they need! We are proud to be part of such a committed community.