Engaging the community to improve

children's health in Hampton Roads

Healthy Start

Healthy Start Program

The goal of Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality and perinatal health disparities by delivering high quality, effective prevention strategies to individuals, families and communities. The program strives to serve families who are at the highest risk for health disparities and adverse outcomes in pregnancy and parenting. 


We follow The Five Healthy Start Approaches:

  1. Improve women’s health before, during and after pregnancy
  2. Promote quality services, with a focus on required core competencies and standardized interventions
  3. Strengthen family resilience, by engaging both parents and addressing some of the stressors that underly many disparities in birth outcomes
  4. Achieve collective impact, serving as a community hub that drives collective improvements
  5. Increase accountability through quality improvement, performance monitoring and evaluation.

The Healthy Start Work Group helps us achieve these goals within the community. 

For more resources, see below:

Virginia Department of Health - http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/family-home-visiting/healthy-start-loving-steps/

Healthy Start Epic Center - http://healthystartepic.org/      

Minus 9 – 5 - http://www.minus9to5.org/

What's Happening

Obesity Prevention Workgroup
Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30pm

Respiratory Health Workgroup
Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 9-10:30 am

Healthy Start/Healthy Families Workgroup
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm


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