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.
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.
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North Carolina’s Strategy to Address Social Determinants of Health
North Carolina is developing a system that connects individuals with resources to address social, economic and environmental barriers to their health—such as housing, food insecurity, and transportation. By putting funding and policy efforts into addressing social determinants of health, North Carolina is building a system that can improve health outcomes for children and families across the state.
Breastfeeding in 2019: Safe Sleep, Bias, Gender Equitable Norms, and Paid Leave
In honor of National Breastfeeding Month, we’ve taken time with NICHQ Faculty Expert, Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, an internationally and nationally recognized expert on breastfeeding nutrition, education and policy, to recognize successes and learn about opportunities for improvement. Her frank description of bias and her passion for promoting gender-equitable social norms have inspired us to continue pursuing sustainable improvements.
Successful Strategies Hospitals Can Use to Support Safe Sleep
Hospitals on a national initiative to improve safe sleep came together to share successes and lessons-learned. Here, find their highest-rated strategies and change ideas, all of which reflect early successes in their work. Hospitals seeking to improve safe sleep education can refer to this list as a place to start and guide for gaining quick wins.
“The Act of Making a Referral is Not Enough”
Universal developmental screenings can help identify children at risk for developmental delays and connect them with needed supports. An effective screening process relies on successful referrals though—if there is no follow-up with the referred child, families can never access the supports the child may need, and that child may ultimately fall through the cracks. Here, Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health provides five steps to build a referral process that works.
Neonatologist Shares Successful Strategies for Improving Infant Health Outcomes
Babies born in the United States have a higher chance of death than babies born in more than 50 other countries in the world. Harnessing lessons-learned from successful improvement initiatives can help hospitals and state health systems address this alarming statistic. Here, pioneer for improvement Deborah Campbell, MD, FAAP, shares strategies and lessons-learned from three successful improvement efforts: improving nutrition protocols for preterm infants; spreading safe sleep messages to reduce infant deaths; and testing strategies to lower rates of maternal hemorrhage, and related mortality and morbidity.
Eliminating the Consequences of Maternal Depression
Experts from the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Medical University of South Carolina and Postpartum Support Charleston analyze the impact of maternal depression on children and families, and offer strategies health professionals can take to ensure that more mothers are screened and referred to support and resources.
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.