New Haven Healthy Start
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|New Haven Healthy Start knows that one of the best ways to support pregnant women, mothers and their babies to ensure healthy birth outcomes is to create a strong support network in their community.
If you are a New Haven neighborhood resident, you can help at-risk moms and their babies by joining the Baby Buddy Program. For more information contact Kenn Harris, Program Director.
New Haven Healthy Start is a program that helps pregnant women and mothers deliver healthy and happy babies. Its primary goal is to reduce the infant mortality and morbidity rate in the City of New Haven. The program was recently awarded a fifth round of federal funding in the amount of $5.7 million over five years, 2014 to 2019. The main purpose of this funding is to:
- improve women's health;
- promote quality services;
- strengthen family resilience;
- achieve collective impact;
- and increase accountability through quality improvement, performance monitoring and evaluation.
Health Equity in New Haven
New Haven Healthy Start and the City of New Haven hosted national leaders on health disparities at the New Haven Health Equity Summit on October 22, 2015.
|16th U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher at the New Haven Health Equity Summit
While health care spending is at an all-time high, the health system is failing young African American men, according to a March, 2015 commentary published in The Journal of American Medical Association. Co-authored by New Haven Healthy Start Director Kenn Harris and Boston Medical Center research physicians, the opinion piece offers analysis and recommendations for how the medical field can better meet the needs of African American men.
New Haven Healthy Start has awarded grants for the 2014-2015 year to the following organizations:
• New Haven Health Department
• Yale New Haven Hospital
• Hill Health Center
• Fair Haven Community Health Center
• New Reach, Inc.
• Christian Community Action, Inc.
Read the project abstract for which funding was applied here.
Leading the Way in Research Partnerships
Since 2008, Natasha Ray, New Haven Healthy Start Consortium Coordinator and physician researchers from the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (YRWJFCSP) have partnered on a series of research projects to address maternal health issues in New Haven.
An opportunity arose between these two long standing research partners to gain a greater understanding of and enhance the experiences of other community leaders (including other Healthy Start Programs) and university researchers in collaborative relationships.
The result is this guidebook
of best practices in community partnered research.
Why does New Haven Healthy Start matter?
Infant mortality rates are an important public health indicator for assessing and comparing the health and well-being of populations. Although the overall infant mortality rates have declined since the 1980s (thanks in large part to the work of the Commission and its successor New Haven Healthy Start), there are still marked disparities between the rates for African American infants when compared to white and Hispanic infants. In fact, recent data distributed by DataHaven through the Greater New Haven Community Index 2013 identified the fetal and infant death rate among babies of African American women to be 31.5 per 1,000 births. This rate is significantly higher than those of babies of Hispanic women (13.6) and white women (10.6).
Did you know?
New Haven Healthy Start runs risk assessments among its mothers, including screening for depression, and collaborates with New Haven Mental Health Outreach for Mothers (MOMS). MOMS received a $2.5 million, five-year grant that pays for therapy groups at public housing, community ambassadors who facilitate empowerment groups, and a public awareness effort to undo the stigma that prevents mothers from seeking help for mental health.
You can support the work of New Haven Healthy Start by making an online contribution and providing new, disposable diapers to help New Haven Healthy Start families. For diaper drop- off information, please call the NHHS Program Assistant at 203-777-7086.