MomsFirst is primarily funded by the Federal Healthy Start Initiative, a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Healthy Start is essential in helping our community's most disadvantaged children survive infancy and live longer, more productive lives. MomsFirst is among 100 projects across the country striving to achieve the goal of reducing the racial disparity in infant mortality rates. Healthy Start has a proven track record of saving lives, achieving a project infant mortality rate of 4.3 (in 2014), which is well below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 6.0.
On May 26, 2016, Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Evan Jenkins (R-West Virginia)introduced a bill to reauthorize funding of Healthy Start through the year 2022. The findings in the bill indicate that American taxpayers spend $28 billion annually on medical expenses for premature babies. The work of Healthy Start helps to reduce those costs. To read the bill in its entirety, click here:
You can contact your representatives and urge them to support this bill that helps our community's most vulnerable families. You can also contact the committee members responsible for the bill by visiting: