Columbus Health Department Welcomes Healthy Start Program

to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes and Reduce Infant Mortality

The Georgia Department of Public Health was awarded funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through its Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health. These funds will support the Georgia Strong Families Program (GSFP) that will be implemented in Columbus, part of the West Central Health District.

Infant mortality is defined as the death of an infant before his or her first birthday. The infant mortality rate is the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. In addition to giving us key information about maternal and infant health, the infant mortality rate is an important marker of the overall health of a society. In 2017, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

This funding will provide additional quality services to at least 350 pregnant women, new mothers, infants and fathers across the district. These services include healthcare coordination, home visitation, case management, and linkages to community social services. The program will also help build a more effective and efficient service-delivery system and promote and improve health equity across the area.

For more information regarding the Georgia Strong Families Program, contact Kiara Loud, Early Intervention Coordinator at kiara.loud@dph.ga.govor call 706-321-6362.

Courtesy: Columbus Health Department

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