University Health Community Health Strategies and Innovation Department, together with the Women's Health Department, has collaborated with Nurture KC and the Healthy Start Initiative to bring onboard a community health program nurse. This registered nurse specializes in medically high-risk pregnancies and newborn care. The Healthy Start Initiative serves 14 ZIP codes within the Kansas City metro area that have highest rates of infant mortality in the city.
The nurse educates and supports Healthy Start participants by providing adequate prenatal, postpartum and newborn care and creating solutions to overcome barriers. The collaboration strives to reduce the rates of infant and maternal mortality within the most at-risk populations in the area through prevention and health education. Education centers on the diagnosed high-risk medical condition of either the mother or infant, such as:
- Hypertensive disorders.
- Cardiovascular disease.
- Intrauterine growth restriction.
- Fetal congenital anomalies.