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Test What You Know About Infant Mortality


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 awarded a fourth round of federal funding in 2009 to:

  • help reduce New Haven’s remaining health disparity in infant mortality;
  • increase its emphasis on multi-pronged outreach strategy;
  • strengthen connections with new community resources; 
  • enhance case management capabilities for working with women at high-risk of poor birth outcomes. (Special outreach will be made to teens, the homeless, and those who lack insurance coverage and who have had previous poor birth outcomes). 

Why does it 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 white and Hispanic infants as compared to African American infants. Read more...


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.


Core MessagesYou 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.


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