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 in New Haven have declined since the 1980s there are still marked disparities between the mortality rates for white and non-white infants.

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New Haven Healthy Start History

New Haven Healthy Start began as an outgrowth of the work of the Commission on Child and Infant Health, which was convened by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in 1985. The Commission was formed to address the high infant mortality and morbidity rates in New Haven and was a collaboration between health officials, community leaders and child care advocates. Its work provided the base for The Community Foundation’s application for federal funding for a Healthy Start program in New Haven. The first Federal grant was received in 1997, launching New Haven Healthy Start. Since then, it has received five federal grants to provide a continuum of improvements to a fragmented maternal and child healthcare system using a care coordination model. The model takes a comprehensive approach to child and family healthcare and consists of many components.

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Back to School Strategies and Techniques ›

Tools that help parents and children center, ground and get in touch with feelings

New Haven Healthy Start RFP 2020 ›

This request for proposal process has ended and a vendor has been selected

Family Support Magistrates Offer Guidance for Court-involved Fathers ›

New Haven Healthy Start hosts a judicial panel to help court-involved fathers and families better understand how the court system works and advocate for themselves.

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Healthy Families Need Healthy Fathers

While health care spending is at an all-time high, the health system is failing young African American men. A March, 2015 commentary published in The Journal of American Medical Association co-authored by former New Haven Healthy Start Director Kenn Harris and Boston Medical Center research physicians, offers analysis and recommendations for how the medical field can better meet the needs of African American men.


Celebrating Black Champions 4 Health

During Black History Month, we celebrate the many people who are committed to New Haven Healthy Start and to securing a strong Maternal and Child Health system in our community and beyond. Learn more about these local champions and their outstanding work below #blackchampions4health:

Black Champions For Health: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith ›

Adult Primary Care Physician and Researcher at Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Black Champions For Health: Whitney Woodhouse ›

Care Coordinator for New Haven Healthy Start at Cornell Scott Hill Health Center.

Black Champions For Health: Dr. Byron Kennedy ›

Director of Health at the New Haven Health Department.

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Natasha Ray, MS

Program Director New Haven Healthy Start


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