Politic365.com is reporting:
As recently reported by Black Gives Back, the Washington, D.C. Department of Health’s Healthy Start Project celebrated its 20th anniversary and a 50 percent drop in the city’s infant mortality rate since the program’s inception. The Healthy Start Project is federally funded and focuses on the needs of pregnant and postpartum women and parents with infants in low-income communities in the nation’s capitol.
The program was started because of troubling infant mortality rates across the country, especially in large, urban centers. Twenty years ago, D.C.’s infant mortality rate was one of the highest in the country at 22 deaths per 1,000 live births.The Healthy Start Project focuses on getting women into prenatal care early in the pregnancy and promotes positive prenatal health. As stated on the program’s website “early entrance into prenatal care is the single most critical factor in improving birth outcomes.”Participants also receive assistance with basic needs such as nutrition, housing, psychosocial support, and are put in touch with other valuable services. Case management is done before and after the birth of the baby. Nurses for Newborns staff make home visits to women and their families and tailor the visit schedule according to the needs of each family. Services include depression screenings and referrals for participants, health education, nutrition counseling, help with housing and other support. The Healthy Start staff ensure that infants receive immunizations and other care, and that the mother is receiving regular preventive primary care. Read More