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New Haven Healthy Start is a federally-funded urban health initiative that focuses on infant mortality and the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes. The program delivers a comprehenisive approach to maternal and child healthcare to help pregnant women and mothers deliver healthy and happy babies.
New Haven Healthy Start is an outgrowth of work by the Commission on Child and Infant Health, which was mobilized by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven for New Haven in 1985. The Commission was formed to address the high infant mortality and morbidity rates in New Haven and is a collaboration between health officials, community leaders and child care advocates.