Strong Start Initiative Improving Maternal and Infant Health

On February 8, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Strong Start initiative to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women.  This initiative brings together the activities of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Administration on Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Health with the efforts of   outside groups devoted to the health of mothers and newborns including the March of Dimes, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine, the American College of Nurse Midwives, Childbirth Connections, Leapfrog Group, the National Priorities Partners, convened by the National Quality Forum, and others.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Available at: http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/factsheet.asp?Counter=4264

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