Greater Harrisburg Healthy Start seeks to reduce adverse outcomes to pregnant and postpartum women and improve the following statistics:

Healthy Start exists for communities that experience an average of 15 out of 1000 live births dying before their first birthday.  The Greater Harrisburg Healthy Start program grants awards primarily in the Harrisburg/Steelton area due to their stats being 17.9/1000 births dying before the age of one.

In 2007, there were 1,058 births in the city of Harrisburg. 75% of these births were to unwed mothers and 18% were to mothers age 19 and under.

From 2004-2006, there were 335 low-birth weight (less than 2500 grams is equal to 5 lbs. 8 oz.) babies born in Harrisburg city. This equals 10.7% of all babies born during this period! Of the 335 low birth weight babies born, 55% were to African-American mothers. Roughly one-third of these cases received no prenatal care during the first trimester. 35% of African-American women did not receive prenatal care in the first trimester. 41% of Hispanic women did not receive prenatal care in the first trimester. 7% of low-birth weight babies were born to moms under age 18. From 2002-2006, there were 58 infant deaths to residents of Harrisburg City. The overall rate (per 1,000 live births) is 12% infant mortality. 35% of children are living below the poverty level in Harrisburg whereas statewide, 16% of children are live below poverty.

* Source of all info. above – Bureau of Health Statistics,PA Dept. of Health

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