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The Milwaukee County Healthy Start program has received a $1,500 grant from Independent Care Health Plan (iCare) to purchase and provide car seats to pregnant moms enrolled in the program. Healthy Start provides resources and support to reduce maternal child health disparities and improve birth outcomes for African American women, newborns and fathers in Milwaukee County. iCare grants community investment sponsorships to further the work of organizations like Healthy Start that serve vulnerable populations.
“We are thrilled to be able to extend our services to offer a limited number of car seats to our participants,” said Meagan Bella, prevention supervisor, Milwaukee County Healthy Start. “By purchasing the proper car seats, we are ensuring our participants have a safe way to transport their babies.”
Car seats are available to Healthy Start participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be enrolled in the Healthy Start program and can enroll by completing the sign-up form on milwaukeehealthystart.org or by calling (414) 292-4243. Healthy Start provides resources and support free-of-charge to African American women, infants ages 0-18 months and fathers/partners in Milwaukee County. Services include pregnancy support and education, baby care basics, new parent education, mental and behavioral health support and access to safety, housing, transportation and employment.
“The work Milwaukee County Healthy Start is doing to improve birth outcomes and address health equity is important,” said Tony Mollica, iCare CEO/President. “The Healthy Start program is all about supporting healthy babies, so making car seats available is an important step for new parents.. We’re glad to be able to offer our support.”
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