Healthy Start has 2 goals:
1. Providing all Americans information to help treat infant and child diseases and health issues.
2. To improve the Infant health.
It is important to start off life in a healthy way. Infant mortality rates should be less and infant health should be better in communities across the country. Infant mortality refers to the death of a baby before its first birthday. With the United States ranked 23rd among industrialized nations in the world. This is not good enough for a fist world country.
Babies who are are defined as being of low birth weight, weigh 2500 grams (5.5 pounds) or less at birth. Very low birth weight babies are defined as weighing 1500 grams (3.3 pounds) or less at birth. The medical and social costs for low birth weight and very low birth weight babies are significant. Low birth weight is a major predictor of infant mortality.
Racial disparities occur both in health status and health care throughout the country. The goal of Healthy Start is to promote the understanding of infant mortality, and increase provide resources to people in need.
We promote the reduction of infant mortality, low birth weight and racial disparities in perinatal outcomes. We emphasize the importance of community-based approaches to solving these problems, and the need to develop comprehensive, holistic interventions that include health, social and economic services.
It is our responsibility as Americans to work towards a society were health care and levels are equal for all. This also means people of all levels need to put in the effort to improve the health of their babies.