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As a state leader in infant mortality reduction, the North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation is instrumental in advising and educating policy makers on issues pertaining to the health and well-being of women and children in North Carolina.

The Foundation works with state and local officials to promote policies and develop statewide goals and programs pertaining to the reduction of infant death and illness including: promoting healthy lifestyles for women of childbearing age, improving access to available healthcare services, reducing the risk of SIDS and increasing the availability of children's health insurance. The Foundation also does qualitative research, makes program recommendations and supports funding related to issues directly affecting infant death and illness in the Tar Heel state.

Foundation efforts in 2003, contributed to legislation and guidelines related to reducing SIDS deaths in childcare settings. The 2003 N.C. Prevent SIDS law has resulted in SIDS, formerly the number one cause of deaths in childcare settings, becoming a rare event.

Over the years, staff have been appointed to or advised a number of state-level task forces and groups such as the:

  • N.C. Institute of Medicine's N.C. Healthy People 2020 Maternal and Infant Health Committee, Health Literacy Task Force and Adolescent Health Task Force
  • N.C. Child Fatality Task Force, Perinatal Committee
  • Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force
  • North Carolina Coalition to Promote Health Insurance for Children
  • N.C. Child Care Commission
  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Advisory Group
  • Period of Purple Crying Leadership Team
  • Health and Wellness Trust Fund  grant review team
  • N.C. Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities: Hispanic/Latino Health Advisory Group and grant review team
  • North Carolina Reproductive Justice Coalition.

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Last updated: January 2011

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