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Healthy Start Outcomes are Recognized

March 20, 2017

In 2015, Maricopa County Department of Public Health joined with MIHS to create Healthy Start 3.0, imbedding medical home care coordination into a traditional home visitation program aimed at preventing infant mortality.

Through this program, care coordination is offered within the South Phoenix, Laveen and Maryvale communities of Maricopa County. Pregnant women and families with children under 2 years of age receive support to take classes, obtain medical education, enroll in home visitation, and complete resources/referrals provided to them, and support their goals in pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood. Women receive initial assessment, enrollment, individualized education, ongoing follow ups and support as needed.

Data from the first year was presented to the OB/GYN Department physicians at Maricopa Medical Center in February, with some data highlights included below:

  • 550 pregnant mothers enrolled;
  • 336 follow ups conducted;
  • 77% vaginal birth rate among Healthy Start participants who delivered at MIHS;
  • 23% cesarean rate (post 39 weeks gestation), compared to the state cesarean rate of 32%;
  • 85% of HS mothers who delivered at MIHS attempted to breastfeed at delivery; and
  • 77% of mothers enrolled in the program chose an effective method of contraceptive, correlating with their Reproductive Life Plans.


Future program goals to further reduce infant mortality in the target area include increasing postpartum visits, ensuring babies receive Pediatric Care Coordination as needed, working alongside the MIHS Lactation Team and home visitation program to streamline messages for breastfeeding and safe sleep methods.

To schedule an appointment please contact the Healthy Start program at 602-344-1665.



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