The Health & Human Services Dept. names the 87 award winners of $65 million in grants to help organizations in 33 states reduce high infant mortality rates and other health problems related to pregnancy and mothers’ health.
The grants were made through the HHS Health Resources & Services Admin. Healthy Start Initiative (CFDA Number: 93.926). The grants address the needs of vulnerable mothers and infants in areas of the country with disproportionately high rates of infant mortality. Specifically, these are for community wide projects to stimulate community collaborations and share resources; 22 of these awardees serve rural communities.
Further, four will serve the United States-Mexico border, and three programs will serve a predominately Native American population. Also, 22 organizations will be using these funds to create Healthy Start programs for the first time. The Healthy Start program began in 1991 but has been redesigned to use evidence-based strategies and to improve program performance. Applicants for this grant cycle were required to design programs around five key strategies found to reduce health disparities and adverse perinatal outcomes.
HHS is preparing another round of grants with a NOFA anticipated early next year. Don’t wait; go to the most recent NOFA. Contact: Beverly Wright or Benita Baker, BWright@hrsa.gov, BBaker@hrsa.gov or 301/443-8283.