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Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services (DHSPS)

Our division:

  • Aims to reduce the rates of infant death and promote positive maternal and women’s health outcomes
  • Has a special focus on reducing the differences in rates of death between racial and ethnic groups
  • Directs our interventions before, during, and after pregnancy to support healthy moms and babies

Key Accomplishments

Healthy Start Initiative

  • 101 Healthy Start awardees in community settings provide screening, parenting, and health education to participants. In 2019, awardees reported that:

    • 90% of participants did not smoke/use tobacco in their third trimester
    • 96% of participants were screened for depression
    • 86% of women participants attended a well-woman visit
    • 75% of infant participants were breastfed
    • 80% of infant participants were placed to sleep following safe sleep practices
  • Between April 2019 and March 2021, 93 Healthy Start sites hired 194 maternal health clinicians/providers to increase access to services and improve those services
  • In 2021, we expanded funding to support doulas in communities most in need

Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders

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Lee Wilson, M.A.

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