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Syracuse Healthy Start

Syracuse Healthy Start promotes healthy pregnancies and healthy babies through community partnerships, community referrals, health education, case management and home visitation. Syracuse Healthy Start began as a collaboration of the Onondaga County Health Department and health and community-based agencies in 1997.

Syracuse Healthy Start is now funded through 2014 by the Health Resource Services Administration with the goals of decreasing infant mortality and eliminating disparities in perinatal health. The target population is pregnant and/or parenting families with children under the age of 2 in Syracuse.

Syracuse Healthy Start is built upon five core services: outreach, case management, health education, depression screening and interconceptional care/continuity of care.

The major activities of the project are:

  1. To conduct intensive outreach to minority women and women at high risk, to link them with health and human services
  2. To provide integrated case management to enhance care coordination for identified risks
  3. To increase provider competence in addressing risks faced by families
  4. To empower women with information that they can use to enhance their own perinatal health
  5. To reduce the behavior and medical risks of post-partum women
  6. To increase the availability of timely psychiatric treatment

C-MATCH is a key partner of the Onondaga County Health Department on this project, through its evaluation of the program and education of providers.

  • Program Evaluation — SHS Evaluation 2011
  • Provider Education via Perinatal Substance Abuse Committee meetings and other presentations.

For more information please visit Onondaga County Healthy Families website at www.onhealthyfamilies.org.

Syracuse Healthy Start Publications