Healthy Babies

ASTHO Healthy Babies Initiative

In September 2011, ASTHO President David Lakey (TX) issued his President's Challenge: the Healthy Babies Initiative. His goal for the challenge is to improve birth outcomes by reducing infant mortality and prematurity in the United States. Specifically, the goal is to decrease prematurity in the United States by 8% by 2014. State and territorial health agencies can make an incredible impact in this area, and the resources on these pages are designed to help. The resources are categorized in two ways: by lifestage, as depicted in the images below, including Preconception, Prenatal, Birth to 28 Days, and First Year; and by scope of resources, including Policy Resources, Community Resources, Organizational Resources, Health IT Resources, Healthcare Provider Resources, and Self-Management Resources.


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About the 2012 President's Challenge 

States that have taken the Healthy Babies pledge 

Common State Strategies and Emerging Themes to Improve Birth Outcomes

The Healthy Babies Initiative Resources and Case Studies

Improving Birth Outcomes State by State [Map]

Partner Resources