Healthy family


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 in communities across the country to improve systems of community care. In a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Heath Bureau (MCHB) within the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services (DHSPS), NICHQ along with the subcontractor, the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) is designing and delivering exceptional capacity building training and performance support to all Healthy Start programs. These programs are currently consisting of 100 projects in 34 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., which support improved perinatal and family health outcomes in Healthy Start communities.


Status: Active

June 2019 to May 2024

  • Who: NICHQ is partnering with NHSA as a subcontractor, as well as various maternal and child health experts and stakeholders. NICHQ and NHSA will work with all 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 program administrators; health care and hospital systems; universities; Tribal Nations; and city, county or state health departments working in collaboration with community partners. All efforts will be informed by an ongoing partnership with local Consortium/Community Action Networks (CANs)—advisory bodies from each Healthy Start grant recipient including all community stakeholders (e.g., social services, faith communities, and community-based organizations).  
  • 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, NICHQ, and the NHSA, will provide a comprehensive capacity-building assistance training program for all Healthy Start programs. The training program includes technical assistance on high-priority topics, such as safe sleep, fatherhood and breastfeeding, and training for program staff on core competencies, including leadership, quality improvement, and data and measurement. NICHQ and the subcontractor will provide this training through interactive webinars, in-person meetings, a peer mentoring program, and individualized coaching in areas of specific need. NICHQ will also lead an online community to share innovations and evidence-based best practices with Healthy Start communities, develop a Collaborative Innovation Network (CoIN) to support collaborative learning, and highlight successes through broad dissemination efforts.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please email: [email protected]

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.