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What We Do

  • Advocacy
    NHSA is firmly committed to serving as a leading voice in support of government policies and programs that serve disadvantaged pregnant women, babies and families.
  • Infant Mortality Awareness Campaign
    Infant Mortality is a serious issue that affects our nation’s health. The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) has developed a campaign, “Celebrate Day 366…Every Baby Deserves a Chance,” to celebrate babies living beyond the first year of life.
  • Where Dads Matter
    Healthy Start projects over the years have consistently expressed a need to make Healthy Start sites more father-inclusive, by involving dads in program activities and in the lives of their children, and the promotion of responsible fatherhood with or without marriage.
  • Show Your Love Campaign
    Show Your Love is a campaign developed by the CDC National Preconception Health Consumer Workgroup. The campaign is expected to launch Valentine’s Week, February 2013 and is designed to improve the health of women and babies by promoting preconception health (PCH) and health care.
  • Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Community Care Initiative (AIM-CCI) In 2019, HRSA awarded NHSA a cooperative agreement for a five-year project to support the development and implementation of non-hospital safety bundles within community-based organizations and outpatient clinical settings across the United States within communinities that experience high maternal morbidity and mortality rates. NHSA's efforts in the project will address maternal morbidity and preventable maternal mortality among pregnant and postpartum women, as well as enhance efforts and create communities for equity-driven development. The overall goal of this project is to improve maternal health and safety in the U.S. NHSA will support participating pilot sites by:
  1. Support implementation of non-hospital focused Maternal Safety Bundles.
  2. Provide technical assistance in data analytics and evaluation of community data.
  3. Provide technical assistance and training on inculcating equity capacity in organizational care processes.
  4. Provide access to Q.I. and Implementation experts to support pilot sites in improving health outcomes for pregnant women and during the postpartum period.
  5. Access to a centralized maternal health community data reporting system to inform and direct collaborative initiatives.
  6. Access to a learning collaborative with resources, experts and peer-to-peer learning environment.
  7. Aid and expertise in engaging and involving mothers/parents in Q.I. efforts to improve maternal health needs.

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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.