Federal Healthy Start programs across the country are leading and participating in community collaboration, information sharing and advocacy through Community Action Networks (CAN), which involve Healthy Start participants, community-based organizations, providers and community leaders in efforts to strengthen community service systems and address social determinants of health. The Collective Impact framework is used to facilitate community collaboration to address specific social problems.
Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc.’s CAN has representatives from the Baltimore City Health Department, Amerigroup, Art with Heart, B’More for Healthy Babies and representatives from our Parent Leadership Group.
In 2016, the CAN decided to address housing and how it impact health in Baltimore City.
The Advisory Board for our Healthy Families America program is a diverse group of Baltimore City residents, businesses and non-profits who provide input on policies, procedures and materials. The Advisory Board meets quarterly.