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New Haven Healthy Start Receives New 5 year, $5.4 Million Federal Grant

Funding to Continue to Address Infant Mortality with Focus on Social Determinants of Health and Promotion of Health Equity for New Haven Families

  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Infant Mortality Continue Especially For Black Mothers
  • Significant Disparities Exist in IMR and Health Status in High distress, Low Income Neighborhoods
  • New Focus on Maternal Mortality 
  • Greater Emphasis Will Be Place on Social Determinants of Health, such as Housing, Education, Racism, Domestic Violence, Unemployment

New Haven, Conn. (April 1, 2019) –The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has been awarded $5.4 Million for a 5 year period (2019-2024) from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau to continue its New Haven Healthy Start Program, which serves vulnerable young women, infants and fathers in New Haven. New Haven Healthy Start was among 100 programs across the nation to successfully compete for approximately $100 million in total federal aid to reduce high infant mortality rates and improve maternal care in high risk communities. Grant funds will continue to support care coordination model of service and community health workers and patient navigators as well as a central office staff housed at The Community Foundation.

“For three decades, meeting our community’s maternal and child health challenges has been a Community Foundation priority. Our partnerships have been strong with the city of New Haven’s Health Department maternal and child health division, local hospitals and both federally qualified health centers in the area. Through these and other partnerships we have been able to successfully navigate families through the fragmented health care system. With this new grant we can continue to address the underlying causes of infant mortality, including racial and ethnic health disparities, in a comprehensive and systematic way,” said William W. Ginsberg, president & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Continue reading.

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