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September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
Among industrialized countries, the United States is ranked 29th in the world in infant mortality. This is a dismal rate for a country that is deemed to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that several countries have a lower infant mortality rate than the United States such as the Czech Republic, South Korea, Cuba, and Slovenia. Moreover, in the United States, African Americans have 2.3 times the infant mortality rate as non-Hispanic whites. Due to these figures, a commitment to saving our nation’s babies is of critical importance to the National Healthy Start Association and the Healthy Start projects. Join New Haven Healthy Start in helping to end Infant Mortality with a gift to the Healthy Start/Male Involvement Network Fund.
NHHS SHARK TANK!
We are pleased to announce that New Haven Healthy Start provided an opportunity for up to six (6) community groups/individuals to apply for up to $300 per group/individual, to propose a project on “Community Health and Well-Being.” Learn more here.
New Haven Healthy Start helps pregnant women and mothers deliver healthy and happy babies. The Black infant mortality rate in New Haven is more than twice as high as the mortality rate for White infants. Eliminating this and other disparities in birth outcomes and reducing infant mortality and morbidity rates overall is our primary goal.
Watch highlights from the New Haven Healthy Start 20th Anniversary convening, "1997-2017: Then, Now & Beyond!"
|One of the best ways to ensure healthy birth outcomes is to support pregnant women and mothers with a strong support network.
In two decades of New Haven Healthy Start . . .
- More than 13,000 pregnant women have received care coordination services
- More than 9,000 infants have secured medical homes in primary care centers
- Infant mortality rates in New Haven have dropped by more than half.
- All prenatal women enrolled in NHHS have received comprehensive risk assessments
- The Consortium and Perinatal Partnership has increased partner and participant engagement
- The perinatal health system in New Haven is strengthened
Prior to New Haven Healthy Start, one out of 50 babies in New Haven died within their first year of birth, an Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of more than 20 deaths per 1,000 live births. The IMR was 79% higher than the state average and 64% higher than the national average.
The IMR in New Haven has fallen to 7 deaths per 1,000 live births. For New Haven Healthy Start babies, the IMR is 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births, or one out of 222, which is also below both state and national averages.