Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project (SHSPP)
Healthy Start is a community-based federal program seeking to eliminate disparities in infant mortality and perinatal outcomes by working to improve systems of community care in communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the U.S. national average. The Healthy Start program currently consists of 101 projects in 34 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C., which support improved perinatal and family health outcomes in Healthy Start communities. In a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Heath Bureau’s (MCHB) Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services (DHSPS), the Healthy Start Technical Assistance & Support Center (TASC) at NICHQ is designing and delivering exceptional capacity building training and performance support to all 101 Healthy Start programs.
June 2019 to May 2024
- Who: NICHQ’s Healthy Start TA and Support Center (TASC) serves Healthy Start grant recipients, including non-profit community-based organizations and larger community foundations; community health centers/federally-qualified heath centers; independent Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program administrators; health care and hospital systems; universities; Tribal Nations; and city, county or state health departments working in collaboration with community partners. TASC works with Healthy Start project staff (e.g., community health workers, case managers, fatherhood coordinators, physicians, certified lactation counselors, evaluators, and others), as well as members of each Healthy Start program’s Community Action Network (CAN), an advisory body of community stakeholders (e.g., consumers, social services, faith communities, and community-based organizations). To execute its capacity-building and support activities, TASC partners with subject matter experts and stakeholders from maternal and child health, fatherhood, health and racial equity, reproductive justice, and other fields.
- Funder: The project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Heath Bureau (HRSA, MCHB).
- Our Role: In partnership with HRSA MCHB, TASC provides training and capacity-building assistance to support Healthy Start grantees in improving their service delivery and meeting the Healthy Start benchmarks and four approaches. TASC conducts a variety of activities (e.g., topical webinars, cohorts, learning academies, training and certification scholarships, individualized technical assistance, virtual and in-person meetings) aimed at strengthening and enhancing Healthy Start projects’ ability to reduce maternal and infant health disparities in their communities. TASC equips grantees with best practices in maternal and child health; facilitates grantee-to-grantee sharing of expertise and lessons learned; enables grantees to conduct ongoing evaluation of activities for effectiveness; and builds program capacity to work with community partners to improve health and social service systems for women, men, infants and families.
If you are interested in learning more about this project, please email: [email protected] or visit www.healthystartepic.org
Look for NICHQ at Upcoming Spring Maternal Child Health Conferences
Teams at the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality are preparing for an exciting spring 2023 conference season, where staff will give poster presentations and facilitate workshops at a variety of national maternal and child health conferences.
Doula Support Improves Maternal and Child Health Outcomes, Patient and Family Engagement
In honor of World Doula Week, celebrated annually March 22-28, The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) held a conversation with LaToshia Rouse, CD/PCD(DONA), owner of Birth Sisters Doula Services. Rouse currently serves as the Patient and Family Engagement Co-Chair of the National Network for Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Executive Committee and joined NICHQ’s Board of Directors in March 2022.
Supporting Indigenous Families for Improved Health Outcomes
Indigenous mothers and birthing people, fathers, partners, caregivers, and families, can speak for themselves. So, make sure seats are available – and filled – on your projects, your teams, your boards. Many projects within the MCH field have steering committees, and all should have family representation. As I hope you’ve intuited, it’s not enough to carry a message. When I think about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion with regard to our committees, our faculty experts, or even in our improvement advisors, I have begun to ask the question: Are there people from American Indian and Alaska Native communities here?
Making Fathers Visible in Maternal and Child Health
From cognitive and social emotional development to education and accomplishments, children with involved fathers achieve better health outcomes. Yet despite fathers’ positive impact on maternal and child health, many of the systems intended to serve women and children were not designed with fathers in mind. That’s why we’re sharing strategies to increasing father involvement in early childhood programs.
Indianapolis Gives Moms and Babies in Prison a Healthy Start
Committed to championing a too-often forgotten population, Indianapolis Healthy Start partnered with the state’s women’s prison system to ensure that moms and babies could receive all recommended services and supports, starting with prenatal care and continuing for two years after birth.
Seven Strategies for Conducting Successful Services Virtually
Across the country, health and social service providers have had to find new ways to support children and families in the face of COVID-19. Home visiting services, pediatric well-child visits, prenatal care and mental health appointments have largely had to transition from in-person appointments to visits virtually—either via phone or video. By learning how to conduct a successful virtual visit, health and social service providers can help ensure children and families receive the support they need during and after this pandemic.
This webpage is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $12,322,812. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.