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Strong Beginnings Wins American Hospital Association Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 12, 2016 – Strong Beginnings, a 10-year-old collaboration among eight community agencies, will receive the prestigious NOVA Award next week for its work to improve maternal and infant health among African Americans and Latinos in Kent County, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced.

March of Dimes Says Preterm Birth Rate Increase Is A Wake-Up Call

For the first time in eight years, the national preterm birth rate has increased rather than decreased, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The 2015 preliminary preterm birth rate for the U.S. was up slightly, to 9.62 percent from 9.57 percent in 2014.

Grand Rapids Selected to Join Initiative to Strengthen Racial Equity

Grand Rapids is one of five U.S. cities selected to partner on developing strategies to achieve racial equity and advance successful outcomes for all. The City will join Albuquerque, Austin, Louisville, and Philadelphia as part of the Racial Equity Here effort. Living Cities and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) provides funding for the national project.

Men's Health Month is Coming!

WASHINGTON – With two months left until the start of Men’s Health Month (MHM) in June, advocacy groups, doctors, businesses, and community partners are ramping up their plans to participate in the annual outreach period. The Men’s Health Month themes of Awareness–Prevention–Education–Family are keys to the health and wellbeing of men, boys, and families.

APHA Launches New Challenge to Create Healthier Communities

APHA, the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, announce the start of a multiyear program to encourage small to mid-sized cities, counties and federally recognized tribes to convene multisector partnerships in support of positive health change. More than $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded to participants that demonstrate measurable change in the next few years. Efforts will be judged both on the quality of cross-sector partnerships and progress on metrics such as tobacco use, walkability, housing affordability, living wages and community safety.

CMS Announces 67 Million in Navigator Grantee Awards

The National Healthy Start Association would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the following Healthy Start sites: Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc., and West Virginia University Research Corp. as 2015 recipients of the Navigator grant! As long standing pillars in the community, we applaud our sites for the work that they’ve done and look forward to the work they will do under the Navigator grant. We appreciate their tireless dedication to our Healthy Start family and their efforts to ensure that all Americans are enrolled in healthcare. Health care coverage contributes to the fight to end healthcare inequities. Again, we say congrats to you!

New Support Expands Reach of Strong Beginnings Women and Children's Health Initiative

More than $9 million combined from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Health Resources and Services Administration expands outreach and adds program for Latino population

The National Healthy Start Association Joins National Safe Sleep/Breastfeeding Collaborative

In a unique model of partnership, The National Healthy Start Association has joined the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS)—a coalition of over 50 advocacy organizations, professional associations, faith communities, representatives of diverse racial and ethnic communities, and business groups dedicated to promoting safe infant sleep and breastfeeding. No two issues are more critical for parents than learning how to feed and sleep their babies in the healthiest way possible. As one coalition partner put it, “I believe this group has real potential to combine efforts and ‘move the needle’ regarding safe sleep/breastfeeding adoption.”

HHS announces $60 million to help consumers navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace

The Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans who are able to access quality health coverage at a price they can afford, in large part because of the efforts of in-person assisters in local communities across the nation. People shopping for and enrolling in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace can get local help in a number of ways, including through Navigators.

20 Years of Federal Healthy Start Celebrated in New Publication

Washington, DC - Today at a National Press Club briefing, the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) released its newest publication, Saving Our Nation's Babies: The Impact of the Federal Healthy Start Initiative. The publication tells the story of Healthy Start from its inception in 1991, initiated as a five-year demonstration project with 15 urban and rural projects funded, to its current successes 20 years later with 105 federally-funded Healthy Start projects in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

National Healthy Start Association Commemorates National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Washington, DC - September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness of factors that contribute to infant mortality and urge community leaders to assist in efforts to meet the objective of reducing the rate of infant mortality in this country. Last September, National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) launched a new Infant Mortality Awareness campaign, Celebrate Day 366...Every Baby Deserves a Chance.Throughout the month of September, NHSA promotes the effectiveness of ongoing programs and efforts implemented to reduce infant deaths, low-birth weight, pre-term births and disparities in perinatal outcomes. The Celebrate Day 366...Every Baby Deserves a Chance campaign supports and inspires people from around the nation to take action in support of the Healthy People 2020 goal to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and families.

State-Local Teams Chosen to Participate in Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality

Three leading maternal and child health organizations maintain their commitment to addressing disparities in infant mortality. With the mission of working to increase capacity at community, state and local levels to address the impact of racism on birth outcomes and infant health, the Partnership to Eliminate Disparities in Infant Mortality has announced the selection of five new state-local collaborative teams.

Saving Our Nation's Babies: Impact of the Federal Healthy Start Initiative

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and this year also marks the 20th Anniversary of the Federal Healthy Start Initiative. To commemorate the month and celebrate 20 years of accomplishments, the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) is holding a briefing to highlight the work of three Healthy Start projects who have demonstrated a reduction in their community's infant deaths, low-birth weight, pre-term births and disparities in perinatal outcomes. NHSA will also release its newest publication at the briefing, which focuses the work of the overall Initiative and the Association.

Healthy Start Projects Compete in National Contest to Help Pregnant Women and New Mothers

WASHINGTON, DC -- In honor of Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week, National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) announced today its participation in the text4baby State Enrollment Contest, a national competition to enroll pregnant women and new mothers in the text4baby program.

National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) hosting 12th Annual Spring Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) will be hosting their 12th Annual Spring Conference themed, Healthy Start 20 Years and Beyond: Improving the Health of Families, March 6-9 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

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Saving Our Nation's Babies: The Impact of the Federal Healthy Start Initiative

Check our our 2nd Edition! It chronicles the birth of Healthy Start and NHSA and includes profiles and photographs from the federally-funded Healthy Start Initiatives.