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Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

HHS-HRSA

Status:

Forecasted

July 19, 2023

Posted:

Deadline: 

November 16, 2023

Funding

113645000

Program:

Award Floor:

Ceiling:

Match Required?

No

Eligibility

All

States:

Entity Types:

State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations, Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), Private institutions of higher education

Contact

Email:

Phone:

Source Type:

Federal

The purpose of the Healthy Start Initiative Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities program is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy and to reduce racial/ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes. This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Healthy Start
Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Healthy Start or HS) Program. The
purpose of HS is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy and
reduce the well-documented racial/ethnic differences in rates of infant death and
adverse perinatal outcomes.
1,2,3 HS is intended to support projects in communities and
populations experiencing the greatest disparities in maternal and infant health
outcomes.
HS has two focus areas: 1) providing direct and enabling services (for example,
screening and referrals, case management and care coordination, health and parenting
education, and linkage to clinical care) to enrolled HS participants; and 2) convening
Community Consortia (formerly known as Community Action Networks or “CANs”)
comprised of diverse, multi-sector partners to advise and inform HS activities as well as
to develop and implement plans to improve perinatal outcomes within the selected
project area. HS continues to have an increased emphasis on addressing social
determinants of health, such as access to adequate food, housing, and transportation,
to improve disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes. Based on stakeholder
feedback, this FY 2024 HS competition also provides recipients with increased flexibility
to tailor interventions to the unique needs of their community and/or target population.
The goals of HS are to:
1) Continue reducing infant mortality rates in the United States, and
2) Decrease disparities in infant mortality and poor perinatal health outcomes in areas
where those rates are high.

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