Community Collaborations

Strong Beginnings strives to improve the overall system of care so that everyone in the community benefits, not just families enrolled in program services.

The Healthy Kent “Infant Health Team” serves as our Community Action Network to improve maternal-child health, promote father engagement, and eliminate racial disparities in birth outcomes throughout Kent County.  The Infant Health Team’s twelve committees address factors that impact infant mortality and family health.  Committees include:  Breastfeeding, Safe Sleep, Social Determinants, Transportation, Pregnancy Prevention, Maternal Infant Health Provider Network, Drug Exposure, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Home Visitor Provider Network, Interconception Care, Responding to Racism, and Dads Count!    Participation in the Infant Health Team is open to anyone with an interest in this topic.  For more information on opportunities and meeting times please call the Healthy Kent Executive Director at 616.632.7281. 

We also work at the systems level by supporting or participating with the following entities:

Partners for a Racism-Free Community works with organizations to unveil the privilege built into our current institutions and to navigate strategies and long term changes to create equitable spaces for everyone.  Visit www.prfc-gr.org

Greater Grand Rapids Racial Equity Network is a network of community agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals that are committed to advancing racial equity in greater Grand Rapids in order to eliminate racialized outcomes. Visit GGRREN on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/GGRREN/

Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality through Equity (PRIME) is an initiative of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to create a comprehensive strategy to reduce racial disparities in infant mortality in the state of Michigan: www.prime.mihealth.org

Michigan Council for Maternal Child Health (MCMCH) is an organization of diverse partners representing hospital systems, statewide organizations, local public health and individuals, advocating for public policy that will improve maternal and child health outcomes through prevention programs, access to care and adequate funding/reimbursement for providers:   www.mcmch.org

Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance (MiCHWA) seeks to promote and sustain the integration of community health workers (CHWs) into Michigan’s health and human service systems through coordinated changes in policy and workforce development. Visit www.michwa.org for more information.   

Healthy Start.  For more information on Healthy Start as a federal program, please visit:

For information on each of the Strong Beginnings partner agencies please visit:

www.arborcircle.org
www.cherryhealth.org
www.familyfutures.net
www.graahi.org
www.accesskent.com/Health/PregnancyParenting
www.msu.edu
www.spectrumhealth.org/mihp
www.believe2become.org