Healthy Start is a program designed to reduce infant mortality in Tulsa County. Healthy Start provides Case Management services to women of child bearing age and their infants until the child turns two years old. MHP employs two Healthy Start Case Managers. One Case manager provides services at O.S.U. Obgyn/Pediatric Clinic. The other Case Manager provides services to O.U.Family Clinic. Healthy Start services are also provided to Margaret Hudson students as needed.
Healthy Start also has program for the fathers of the babies. The Fatherhood program was created to give fathers an opportunity to be actively involved and to also receive Case management services from their own male Case Manager.
Healthy Start Case managers provide a number of services to their clients. Services include but are not limited to:
• Assessing the needs of the clients, identifying barriers to a healthy pregnancy and helping to eliminate or reduce those barriers.
• Providing information about resources in the community
• Providing pregnancy information and education utilizing the Baby Basic Book to increase the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy outcome
• Assisting with transportation to and from appointments
• After delivery, providing assessment for Post-Partum Depression
• Child development screening for child six months to age 2
Clients are seen a minimum of two times a month during pregnancy and a minimum of once a month after delivery. Health Start Case managers also work with their clients to help insure a healthy pregnancy outcome.
Your job is to:
• Talk to your Case Manager at least monthly to let her know how you are doing and how your medical appointments are going
• Let your Case Manager know if you move or your phone number changes
• Allow your Case Manager to visit your home
• Every 6-months review your Plan of Care to make sure we are on track for you to achieve your goal’s while receiving case management services.