Healthy Start in Delaware County, PA Program Evaluation

The public health issue: Black and African-American babies, particularly those born into poverty, are less likely to live past their first birthday than white babies. In addition to the quality of medical care during pregnancy, social factors, such as housing conditions, the mother’s age, family support, education level and access to healthy foods can all impact the health of a baby. Based out of Chester, Pennsylvania, Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start provides case management services to hundreds of pregnant and postpartum women and their families throughout Delaware county.

Our contribution to the client: The Research & Evaluation Group has partnered with Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start since 1997, providing evaluation and research services that inform program decisions, improve service delivery, and garner continued funding. Using a multifaceted approach, our team conducts epidemiological research on fetal and infant mortality in Delaware County; employs developmental evaluation methods to assess community-wide efforts to improve birth outcomes; monitors Healthy Start’s progress towards meeting national project benchmarks; and lends an analytical perspective to data collection on service delivery.