The District has one of our country’s most frightening low birth weight rates (38% higher than the national average) as well as soaring teen pregnancy rates. Sobering statistics indeed. But Healthy Babies Project aims to educate DC's young people about sexual health; reduce the rates of low birth weight and infant death; improve infant health and prevent child abuse and neglect; teach effective and confident parenting to all new parents, including teens and fathers; offer family support and home visits; and provide comprehensive and structured health, prenatal, and childbirth education services. Last year, clients delivered 124 normal birth-weight babies and markedly few low birth-weight babies. Moreover, the current repeat teen pregnancy rate for HBP clients is 1.5%, as compared with 23% for other teenagers in the District, indicating that education can make a huge difference. HBP brings expectant parents under its wing to nurture, educate, and encourage them to participate actively in their family's care – a true bright spot in the often dark healthcare landscape. Please, help spread the light!
Headquarters: DC-Ward 7
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls
Schools They Work In: Anacostia; Ballou; Cardozo; Springarn
Awards & Recognition
Jamacian Women's Association, 2009 Breath of Life Campaign Grantee
- Healthy Babies Project Nominated for 2011 CLASSY Award
Wed Jun 22 2011, HBP ENews
Healthy Babies Project has been nominated for a 2011 CLASSY Award, which recognizes top philanthropic achievements by charities nationwide.
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for Healthy Babies Project is: $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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