Boston Healthy Start Initiative has been part of a national initiative to
reduce racial inequities in infant mortality and poor birth outcomes for the
past 25 years. BHSI provides direct support to pregnant and parenting women,
children and families through care coordination, connection to resources,
health education, and advocacy.
BHSI also coordinates the Community Action
Network (CAN), which is a group of community residents, community-based organizations, and health centers that are working together to reduce racial inequities in infant mortality and poor birth outcomes in Boston through policy and community level changes.
CAN is an opportunity to network, make a positive impact in your community, take on leadership roles, participate in advocacy activities, gain and practice new skills, and much more!
If you are interested in learning more about CAN, please visit the CAN webpage.
Read below to learn more about BHSI services.
BHSI Family Partners work with women and families to support them in different ways depending on their needs, including:
Discussing information related to healthy pregnancies, infant health, and parenting such as prenatal nutrition, safe sleep, breastfeeding and infant feeding, infant safety, child development, and more;
Connecting women to resources and programs that help them access food, education, employment, housing, child care, and other support as needed;
Helping to coordinate medical care and other services such as father engagement and support, home visiting nurses, WIC nutritional support, legal services, immigration support, etc. and;
How to get more information and/or enroll into BHSI services
Below is a list of sites that offer BHSI services.
|BHSI Sites||Contact Name||Phone Number|
|Boston Health Care for the Homeless||Georgia Thomas||(857) 654-1300|
|Boston Medical Center||Beth Monahan||(617) 638-8000|
|Boston Medical Center - Teen and Tot Program ||Natalie Joseph-Pierre||(617) 638-8000|
|Bowdoin Street Health Center ||Mary Kate Little||(617) 754-0100|
|Codman Square Health Center||Adeola Ogungbadero||(617) 822-8199|
|Dimock Center ||Rachel Priess||(617) 442-8800|
|Mattapan Health Center||Sharon Callender||(617) 898-9053|
|Whittier Street Health Center||Christine Louro||(617) 989-3004|