Healthy Start

In 2022, the Jefferson County infant mortality rate was 6.27 deaths per 1,000 live births. However, Black infants continued to have the highest infant mortality rate in the county. In 2022, the rate was 9.17 for Black infants as compared to 5.1 for white infants. 

This crisis impacts all families but has the starkest impact on Black babies, who are 1.8 times more likely to die before their first birthday than White babies, and Black women, who are nearly three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than their White peers.

Healthy Start works to reduce infant mortality rates and improve maternal health outcomes in the five Zip Codes where we see these alarming outcomes: 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211, and 40212. These ZIP codes include residents living in Smoketown, Old Louisville, Portland, Russell, Shawnee, Park DuValle, Park Hill, Parkland, Algonquin and nearby neighborhoods.

What we do?

Healthy Start provides an array of innovative programming and support including:

  • Fatherhood program: 502 Fathers provide a forum where fathers can speak confidentially about issues and concerns of fathers while providing support for one another. 502 Fathers provides a safe place where fathers can talk about improving communication and reducing tension between parents. 
  • Healthy nutrition – all eligible Healthy Start participants are also enrolled in the Women Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program, (WIC).
  • Free Kroger grocery delivery for Healthy Start families.
  • Parenthood Prison program: In partnership with Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, we work with justice involved individuals to connect them to resources to prevent recidivism. 
  • Warm handoffs for housing and utility assistance to prevent evictions.
  • Bus passes to families to lessen burden of transportation issues.
  • Partner with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to address client’s mental health issues at all phases prenatally and postpartum.
  • What To Expect When Expecting classes with a labor and delivery nurse.
  • Community Health Workers for home visitation
  • Community Advisory Committee made up of former and current participants in the program to help inform decision making and resource allocation
Key Outcomes

Key outcomes:

  • Over 95% of our participants have health insurance
  • Over 80% have a usual source of medical care
  •  99% of participants are screened for depression and inter-partner violence 
  • Over 75% of our participants report dual-partner involvement 
  • 80% of our participants report breastfeeding their child 

Healthy Start operates out of the Bridges of Hope and Northwest Neighborhood Place sites. 

Contact Us

Email us or call (502) 574-MOM1 (6661)


Download our Healthy Start fact sheet (English and Spanish versions)  


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