Who We Are
Our Mission: To eliminate preventable infant death and illness in North Carolina
The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation has worked tirelessly to improve the state's infant mortality rate and the health of women of childbearing age. North Carolina once had the dubious distinction of having the highest infant mortality rate in the country. Since the Foundation was established in 1990, the state's infant mortality rate has decreased 34 percent. For more than two decades the Foundation has provided vision and leadership contributing to this significant reduction.
The Foundation's success would not be possible without our dedicated partners, and for that we are extremely grateful. From the outset, the Foundation was established as a nonprofit agency to coordinate the activities of the Governor's Commission on Reduction of Infant Mortality in a public/private partnership with the state of North Carolina. This unique relationship has resulted in unprecedented collaboration with state government agencies, community-based organizations and local and statewide coalitions.
Through our statewide campaigns, educational materials, training, state programs and advising policymakers, Web sites and emerging social media strategies, the Foundation is nationally recognized as an organization dedicated to reducing infant death and illness and improving the health of women and young children in North Carolina.
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Last updated: October 2014