Purpose: The purpose of Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality. The infant mortality rate is the number of babies who die before their first birthday per 1,000 live births. This statistic is one element that is used throughout the world to evaluate the health of a population.
Services: Tulsa Healthy Start provides outreach, education and case management services to women who are at extreme high risk of having a poor birth outcome. Services are provided throughout the pregnancy and until the child is two years of age. Community Service Council’s Babyline program provides outreach services for Tulsa Healthy Start by enrolling pregnant women in prenatal care. Community Service Council also provides case management support as well as staffing the consortium.
Tulsa Healthy Start works to help reduce Tulsa’s infant mortality rate by providing healthy messages and support for the entire family. The federally funded program also seeks to ensure continuity of care for women and children.
Tulsa Healthy Start outreach workers, case managers and health educators work closely with clients to provide the following services:
- Assistance with prenatal care
- Access to well-baby visits
- Childhood immunizations
- Referrals to WIC services
- Family planning assistance
- Links to social services for jobs, child care, housing and education