Community Service Council’s Healthy Start is designed to meet the needs of mothers, fathers and infants living in Tulsa, focusing on healthy outcomes to reduce infant mortality and maternal morbidity/mortality. Healthy Start Care Coordinators work with expectant mothers and their families before, during and after pregnancy, employing strategies to improve maternity care quality focused on patient safety and evidence-based practice. The Healthy Start Care Coordinator assists each client in accessing community, culturally sensitive, family-centered, comprehensive health and social services to women, infant and families.
Every year, nearly 700 women die in the U.S. as a result of pregnancy or its complications. Black women are 3-4 times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women, and black babies are 2 times more likely to die than white babies (Source: CDC). We work closely with hundreds of women throughout Tulsa to provide perinatal services and concentrated care coordination to reduce the risk of maternal and infant mortality. Our Care Coordinators walk with mothers throughout their pregnancy and the first 18 months of their babies’ life, forming a strong bond that is unique and essential to our program.
Our 4 Care Coordinators and 2 Health Navigators work to promote healthy births across Tulsa and close the racial health gap that particularly impacts black women and babies. We provide support, advocacy and an extra layer of protective services to improve birth outcomes for mothers and infants across Tulsa.
Our Healthy Start team helps expectant mothers living in Tulsa County* receive maternity/family care with one of our partner providers, increasing access to culturally-sensitive, family-centered health and social services to meet each family’s needs. We develop and manage a plan of care during pregnancy, providing education and strategies for a healthy delivery. After the baby is born, our team will continue to assist the family for up to two years with connections to resources to empower the family, such as meeting basic needs and accessing healthcare. We provide support for both parents or parent figures to help strengthen the family and create the most favorable foundation for the child’s healthy development.
Support for both parents and involvement of fathers also helps support women during pregnancy, thereby strengthening the family and creating the most favorable foundation for infant and youth health development. The Community Service Council Healthy Start Fatherhood Program is committed to improving the father, parent-child relationship through fatherhood engagement. Our program promotes this philosophy by linking fathers to resources that strengthen the role of an involved father.
We embrace fathers and father figures of all types – biological, foster, adoptive and step fathers – along with male relatives and adult male mentors. Our mission is to promote individual and group education to help men develop the skills needed for a life-long commitment in the lives of their children.
The Community Service Council’s Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN) consists of families who participate in our Healthy Start program and community partners who work together to help to improve the health and well-being of infants, moms and families throughout Tulsa.