The Healthy Start program was launched in 1991 to mobilize and coordinate community resources and to demonstrate effective approaches for reducing infant mortality. The program's three goals are: to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in access to and use of health services, to improve local health-care systems, and to increase consumer and community participation in health-care decisions. The following resources offer information on the Healthy Start program and its effectiveness, including State and local examples.
National Healthy Start Association
Promotes the development of community-based maternal and child health programs to reduce infant mortality, low birth weight, and racial disparities in perinatal outcomes.
Healthy Start-Home Visiting
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provides a brief program model description, a review of studies, evidence of effectiveness, and a summary of findings by outcome domain.
Federal Healthy Start Initiative: A National Network for Effective Home Visitation and Family Support Services (PDF - 2020 KB)
National Healthy Start Association (2010)
Summarizes the history of and core services provided by the Healthy Start Initiative and, in light of recent health-care legislation, reviews the key role it can play in improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
A Profile of Healthy Start: Findings From Phase I of the Evaluation 2006
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS) (2006)
Profiles Healthy Start grantees, how they implement programs, and the characteristics, activities, and results they achieve.
State and local examples
Healthy Start of Oregon 2006-2007 Status Report (PDF - 1470 KB)
Green, Tarte, Snoddy, Lambarth, Warren, & Nuzzo (2008)
Discusses the activities of Healthy Start of Oregon, including information on program implementation, service delivery, and outcomes for children and families in the program.
Healthy Start of Oregon, Annual Report on Maltreatment Prevention 2006-07 (PDF - 503 KB)
Green, Lambarth, Tarte, & Snoddy (2008)
Presents data on reported child maltreatment among families participating in Oregon's Healthy Start program, as well as data on families who were not served through Healthy Start.