Baltimore City health officials announced Wednesday that in 2015, Baltimore City experienced the lowest infant mortality rate on record: 8.4 per 1,000 live births—a 19 percent decline from 2014. The previous low of 9.7 deaths per 1,000 live births was recorded in 2012 ! Stay tuned so that you can be part of our celebration of this momentous event on during our 25th year anniversary!
We are thrilled to receive a signed Citation by Senator Catherine Pugh for our work in reducing infant mortality in Baltimore. Also, check out the news today. We were at a press conference with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Health Commissioner Dr. Leanna Wen and other advocates for healthy families that are part of the Bmore for Healthy Babies strategy!
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!
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.