Healthy Start

Healthy Start seeks to reduce infant mortality (the rate at which children die before their first birthday) in targeted areas of west Louisville. Infant mortality rates in these areas range between 1.5 and 2 times higher than those of Metro Louisville as a whole.  Healthy Start contacts pregnant women through home visits and other outreach methods to make sure that women begin prenatal care during the first three months of pregnancy and that consistent care continues throughout pregnancy. The initiative reduces the number of low-birth weight babies and works to reduce infant mortality. Healthy Start continues to work with families after the birth of the baby through such programs as parenting classes and health clinics. Please See the Healthy Start video.

Healthy Start is administered in partnership with the community councils of the Bridges of Hope, Ujima, and Northwest Neighborhood Places.  These councils are comprised of residents of the areas served by the three Neighborhood Places so that those living in the Healthy Start areas participate in shaping services to meet the needs of each neighborhood.

Please see the Healthy Start Newsletter.

This program is "supported in part by Project H49MC07306 from the Healthy Start Initiative, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and a grant from Norton Healthcare.

Healthy Start Services

Family Planning & Pregnancy Tests

WIC & Breastfeeding Support


TB Skin Tests

HIV Counseling

Healthy Start Stores

Health Education Videos

Prenatal Care - The importance of getting care during the first trimester

Nutrition - The importance of good nutrition and exercise

Depression - The importance of identifying and treating depression

Smoking - This risks of tobacco use

Safe Sleep - The importance of safe sleeping practices for infants

Fathers - The importance if fathers in the lives of their children

Our partner Norton Healthcare offers many prenatal classes.

Click here to view the classes offered downtown. 

Click here to view the classes offered at Suburban.

Learn more about Healthy Start, click here.

Funding for Healthy Start is provided, in part, by a grant from the Norton Healthcare James R. Petersdorf Fund.