Performance Improvement 2001. Reducing Infant Mortality: Lessons Learned from Healthy Start


The Healthy Start program was launched in 1991 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Public Health Service to demonstrate innovative ways to reduce infant mortality in areas with some of the highest rates. The National Evaluation consists of a cross-site process study and an outcome study of the 15 original sites. The final report of the process evaluation, "The Implementation of Healthy Start: Lessons for the Future," was completed in FY 1998 (See PIC ID 5610.1). The outcome evaluation is assessing infant mortality and birth outcomes, including improvements in the adequacy of prenatal care, and the incidence of low and very low birth weight and pre-term deliveries compared to matched comparison communities. The final report will also include findings from a Survey of Postpartum Women, and from special reports on Fetal and Infant Mortality Reviews, Health Education, and Case Management. Study results will be used to improve the Healthy Start projects funded subsequently, and will be shared with the public health community for application in other settings.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of the Administrator

FEDERAL CONTACT: Karen Thiel Raykovich, 301-443-0370

PIC ID: 5610

PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Washington, DC