The national Healthy Start program was launched in 1991 by the Health Resources and Services Administration, a branch of the United States Public Health Service.
Medical care providers didn’t know why specific areas of the country were dealing with an increase in infant mortality and low birth weight babies. However, they did find that low-income white and minority women are at the highest risk.
The Allegheny County Healthy Start project was one of only 15 national sites originally included in the 1991-1996 demonstration phase of the program.
Healthy Start currently serves 104 projects in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Through the creation and implementation of truly innovative programs, Healthy Start has seen a steady decrease in infant mortality and low birth weights.