DCís poorest wards have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, and the infant mortality rate is nearly twice the national average. The Healthy Babies Project fights the odds, providing pregnancy prevention classes to vulnerable youth and offering wraparound care to pregnant teens and young parents. Case managers work one-on-one with each mom, providing comprehensive prenatal, parenting, and childbirth education while addressing other needs Ė healthcare, housing, food, transportation, and more. Services begin prenatally and are offered long term (for 3-5 years after a baby is born) as parents work on completing their education and building healthy, self-sufficient families. Last year, all 223 moms had healthcare and a safe place to live; just 3.8% of clients had premature births (compared with 10% District-wide); not one baby was lost to infant death. A healthy beginning for new life: thereís no greater gift.
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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