Healthy Start of Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon is home to higher-than-average rates of infant mortality and health disparities for mothers and their babies. Healthy Start of Southern Oregon aims to reduce these rates through community-based services for women, infants and their families. Healthy Start of Southern Oregon provides direct client services through partnering agencies, and also convenes task forces in Josephine and Douglas Counties to improve systems of care related to infant and maternal health.

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The program is funded through a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“Incredible things happen when women recognize their abilities, value, and self worth. It’s when the ripple effect begins and it is essential for our future.”

 

– Sara Thuer, Josephine County Public Health

Who does the program serve?

Healthy Start Baby & Mom

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A Brief Healthy Start History

Healthy Start History
In the late 1980s, then-President, George H.W. Bush launched a task force to tackle infant mortality rates in the United States. By 1991, Healthy Start began with a goal to reduce infant mortality by 50% in five years. Fifteen sites with infant mortality rates 1.5 to 2.5 times higher than the national average were selected to conduct demonstration projects. These programs were funded to be innovative and community-driven, tasked with reducing infant mortality and improving the health and well-being of women, infants, and their families.

The program grew and welcomed 40 new project sites in 1997, which was the first year that the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon was funded for Healthy Start. We have been awarded this grant each award cycle since that time, with services being directed throughout areas of Southern Oregon.

The Healthy Start program has continued to grow and change. There are now 101 Healthy Start sites across the country in urban, rural, border, and tribal communities that have infant mortality rates of 1.5 times the national average.

The purpose of the Healthy Start (HS) program is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy, and reduce racial and ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes.

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Healthy Start of Southern Oregon provides direct client services through partnering agencies and als

🥳You are invited to the “Stand in the Gap” event on April 1st, for an interactive art installation and resource fair. Open anytime between 9am and 12pm.

🫶🏽Learn what risks families in our community are facing, how those risk factors can lead to hurt or abuse, and what WE can do to help families build protective factors into their lives.

❤️Whether you're looking for ways to get involved, you're seeking help and support for your family, or you're just curious – we would love for you to join us.

🌷More information can be found on the HCCSO website: hccso.org/event/stand-in-the-gap/
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🥳You are invited to the “Stand in the Gap” event on April 1st, for an interactive art installation and resource fair. Open anytime between 9am and 12pm.

🫶🏽Learn what risks families in our community are facing, how those risk factors can lead to hurt or abuse, and what WE can do to help families build protective factors into their lives. 

❤️Whether youre looking for ways to get involved, youre seeking help and support for your family, or youre just curious – we would love for you to join us.

🌷More information can be found on the HCCSO website: https://hccso.org/event/stand-in-the-gap/

🐣Are you a parent or caregiver of a young child, who is interested in connecting with other parents and supporting your development? Check out the FREE Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups on Mondays from 12-1:30pm and Fridays from 10:30am-12pm at the Growing Together Family Community Center!

🐥Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups offer parents and caregivers the opportunity to support their children’s early learning through everyday activities, and build relationships with other participants. For children 0-5 years old. Siblings are always welcome and encouraged at the playgroups. Books & Snacks are provided.

🐤Visit the HCCSO Calendar for more information on Kaleidoscope classes and other great events to support your family! hccso.org/trainings-events/
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1 week ago
🐣Are you a parent or caregiver of a young child, who is interested in connecting with other parents and supporting your development? Check out the FREE Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups on Mondays from 12-1:30pm and Fridays from 10:30am-12pm at the Growing Together Family Community Center! 

🐥Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups offer parents and caregivers the opportunity to support their children’s early learning through everyday activities, and build relationships with other participants. For children 0-5 years old. Siblings are always welcome and encouraged at the playgroups. Books & Snacks are provided. 

🐤Visit the HCCSO Calendar for more information on Kaleidoscope classes and other great events to support your family! https://hccso.org/trainings-events/

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