In September 2014, the Institute for Population Health was awarded a 5 year federal Healthy Start grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The purpose of Healthy Start is to reduce perinatal health disparities by improving birth outcomes for African American women,  by intentionally addressing factors that continue to disenfranchise and discredit African American women, their children, and families. The long term is to improve the health and well-being of all women of child bearing age.

Detroit Healthy Start will achieve this by providing individual, home-based services in 6 zip codes, which were selected due to the combination of a large child bearing age population and a high prevalence of community and individual risks to health and well-being.

Additionally, Detroit Healthy Start will bring together the community partners required to impact the upstream contributors to address perinatal outcomes and disparities.

Detroit Healthy Start is using the following 5 approaches to reach its objectives:

  • Improve Women’s Health
  • Promote Quality Services
  • Strengthen Family Resilience
  • Achieve Collective Impact
  • Increase Accountability through Quality Improvement, Performance Monitoring, and Evaluation.

New HS Map Aug2016 

To enroll in Healthy Start, please contact or 313-309-9350 x1300

To become involved with the Collective Impact work we’re doing, please contact Aimee Surma at or 313-309-9350 x1319