Donation Supports Black Maternal Health and Healthy Babies in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties
PITTSBURGH – Oct. 6, 2020 – Gateway Health Plan, Inc. (“Gateway Health”), a leading managed care organization dedicated to caring for the “total health” of its members, recently donated $75,000 to Healthy Start, Inc. Pittsburgh, a public health organization dedicated to improving maternal and child health and addressing the disparities that lead to infant mortality. The donation supports Black maternal health and healthy babies in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.
Healthy Start focuses on the need to strengthen and enhance maternal and infant care. The organization encourages communities to address the medical, behavioral and psychosocial need of women and infants by increasing awareness of infant mortality; streamlining and coordinating services between public and private agencies; and building partnerships among families, volunteers, businesses, health care and social service providers.
“Healthy Start Pittsburgh is extremely proud of our longstanding partnership with Gateway Health,” said Jada Shirriel, Chief Executive Officer at Healthy Start Pittsburgh. “As a primary partner, Gateway Health provides financial support and shares our commitment to support Black women and babies. We address the social determinants of health in our communities; this is long-term work and it is important for our success to have dedicated, long-term partnerships.”
Healthy Start is a national initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The program is designed to identify and implement a broad range of community-driven strategies and interventions aimed at reducing infant mortality rates.
Healthy Start Pittsburgh was chosen in 1991 as one of the first 15 special projects nationwide due to Allegheny County’s high infant mortality rate (IMR), especially among low-income women. The IMR among this population, particularly in the City of Pittsburgh, had been among the highest in the nation.
“At Gateway Health, we believe in caring for the whole person in the communities that need us most,” said Marcia Martin, Vice President Community Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Gateway Health. “We see a future where everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their best health, and that is why this partnership is so important. By working together, we can provide more resources and support to improve maternal and child health outcomes.”