This program model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations.
The Healthy Start Initiative (Healthy Start) provides funds to local agencies to promote health education and interconception care for women who are at risk for poor perinatal outcomes. At-risk women include racial or ethnic minorities, immigrants, or those with limited education or income. Healthy Start requires local programs to provide women with support and education on smoking, sexually transmitted diseases, preterm labor, child sleeping positions, substance abuse prevention, and other risk factors or behaviors. Services are provided to women prenatally and are intended to continue for two years following delivery. This report focuses on Healthy Start programs that deliver services through home visiting (Healthy Start-Home Visiting).
This report includes a study that compared the results for mothers using more and less intensive versions of Healthy Start-Home Visiting. In the higher-intensity version, mothers were offered more intensive and frequent home visits than mothers visited by typical Healthy Start-Home Visiting nurse case managers. For more information, please read the Program Model Overview.
For more information, see the study database. For more information on the criteria used to determine the study ratings, please read Producing Study Ratings.
Please read Describing Effects for more information on these categories. Only results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings are included above.
Please read the DHHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Program Models for more information.