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Welcome to New Haven Healthy Start

IMA Fact Card
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 recentlay 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. 

We are welcoming our past partners as well many new partners to submit proposals for funding, as part of the New Haven Healthy Start "care coordination model". Please review the project abstract here before submitting your proposal.


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 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).

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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.


Who We Are
How New Haven Healthy Start Works
New Haven Healthy Start's Focus & Facts
The History of New Haven Healthy Start
The Baby Buddy Program
The Men's Consortium
LunchTALK Series Explores Impact of Racism
Past Events

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