Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start
On August 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a five-year Level 2 Collective Impact grant to Crozer-Keystone Health System that provides full funding for its Healthy Start program through May 31, 2019. This grant totals $5,536,966 over the next five years, and enables this well-established community program to expand its services as it works with local partners to eliminate perinatal disparities in the Chester area.
Starting in 1997, Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start was developed to address the problem of infant mortality and morbidity in Chester and its surrounding communities under the stewardship of Joanne Craig, MS, administrative director of Crozer-Keystone Women and Children’s Health Services. Through almost two decades of commitment, community outreach, local education and the ability to build critical local partnerships, Healthy Start has had a very positive impact locally. In large part due to their efforts, the infant mortality rate for southeastern Delaware County has been reduced to 15.7/1000 for black non-Hispanic, 4.3/1000 for Hispanic and 2.5/1000 for white non-Hispanic. For comparison, in 1995 the black non-Hispanic infant mortality rate was 22/1000 in southeastern Delaware County.
Here's How Healthy Start Can Help
Listed below are the ways that Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start can help families over the next five years:
- This program serves the southeast corner of Delaware County that includes Chester, Upland, Eddystone, Woodlyn, Parkside, Chester Township, Marcus Hook, Trainer and Linwood.
- This program is available for pregnant women, expectant fathers, the family and children up to age two. Services include: intensive outreach, engagement and recruitment of pregnant women; tiered case management based on assessed need and home visiting; education that focuses on health, parenting, early childhood development, life skills, financial literacy and management, consumer and civil legal information through the Medical-Legal Partnership between Widener University School of Law and Crozer-Keystone; and leadership development. There will be a special effort to engage and recruit fathers for services.
- Pregnant women can enroll from conception to 28 weeks (i.e. 1st and 2nd trimesters) and can continue to stay in the program until the child is two years old. Formal partnerships and agreements have been established with several local community partners to assist with services.
- In addition to the office at Community Hospital, mobile enrollment opportunities will place trained case managers with OB/GYN offices, ChesPenn Health Services, Chester-Upland School District, Chichester High School and Ridley High School in the near future.
Please Note: Transportation for this program is no longer available.
How Do I Sign Up?
To sign up for Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start, you have three options: