The first three years of a child’s life are an important time of growth and learning.
Sadly, children born into poverty are more likely to experience neglect, abuse, malnutrition and developmental delays. Impact NW’s Healthy Start program connects our community’s neediest families with the tools and resources they need to help their newborns grow up healthy, happy, and ready to succeed in school.
Annually, Healthy Start supports 250 children in low-income families throughout Multnomah County.
Healthy Start—a free, voluntary program—works closely with first-time parents through a series of home visits. Families are enrolled before the babies are 3 months old. The goals of Healthy Start-Healthy Families are to promote positive parent-child relationships, to support healthy childhood growth and development, and to enhance family functioning by teaching parents to identify strengths and utilize problem-solving skills to improve the family support system through linkages and referrals to available community services. We provide information on child development and infant care, free screenings to make sure each baby is healthy, and connections to supportive services in their community. Healthy Start targets the inter-generational cycle of poverty where it begins: with our region’s youngest and most vulnerable members.