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 Action 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 Action Team’s twelve committees address factors that impact infant mortality and family health.  Committees include:  Breastfeeding, Safe Sleep, Social Determinants, Transportation, Sexual Health, 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 Action 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:

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:

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:

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 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: