MomsFirst is a home visitation program that helps mothers succeed during and after pregnancy. It is our mission to help mothers and families have healthy babies. MomsFirst was established in 1991 as the City’s Healthy Family/Healthy Start Program. Since that time, the program has evolved beyond getting pregnant women into prenatal care. Today, our primary goal is to reduce the number of African American families who experience the death of a newborn before the first birthday and to improve birth outcomes for all families.
Our Community Health Workers provide home visitation, education and support to pregnant women throughout their pregnancies and make every effort to help ease the stress that comes with becoming a parent. It does not matter whether you are a first time expectant mom or an experienced parent, MomsFirst will work with you and continue to support you until your child turns 2 years old. It is our desire to help you and your baby be healthy as possible and help you plan for the future.
MomsFirst is funded primarily by Federal Healthy Start dollars (to read more about Healthy Start, click here), and is also supported by Cuyahoga County Invest in Children, and the City of Cleveland General Fund.
To read (a lot) more about our work in the MomsFirst Local Evaluation Report 2015, click here.
To read the full 2016 Annual Report, click here.
Our success comes in large part from the relationship our Community Health Workers have with their participants. By joining with each woman, Community Health Workers are able to address the social determinants of health that impact every person’s life.
Understanding the Racial Disparity in Infant Mortality
Historically, solving infant mortality meant increasing access to prenatal care. Although previous intervention strategies improved earlier access to care, there was no significant decline in the number of infant deaths.
We now understand that the contributing factors to infant mortality are complex.
In applying the social determinants of health framework, we know that the impact of issues such as poverty, inadequate housing, lack of quality education, and racism, have an adverse effect on health outcomes.
By viewing infant mortality through this lens, health disparities are more easily understood and the interventions necessary to assist become more apparent.
In 2015, Your Story on Film, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and NEON, began working on a documentary to tell the story of infant mortality, its impact, its root causes, and its solutions. "One Life" debuted in April, 2016.