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Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Zones

Healthy Women, Healthy Babies (HWHB) zones is a free program for Delaware women at risk for poor birth outcomes. It provides grants to community partners who, in turn, create programs to give women ways to get healthy in their communities.

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Who qualifies for HWHB Zones?

This includes women for whom a pregnancy resulted in a poor birth outcome, such as:

  • an infant death
  • a stillbirth
  • a low-birth-weight newborn
  • a premature birth

Other women may also enroll in the program if presenting with two of the following risk factors:

  • history of chronic disease (e.g., asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and/or hypertension)
  • high stress (based on a self-reported Perceived Stress Scale)
  • maternal age under 18 or over 35
  • mental illness (based on clinical diagnosis and/or self-reported Patient Health Questionnaire)

How can the HWHB Zones program benefit the people I help?

HWHB is all about helping women get healthy — from getting the care they need to identifying community programs that improve their daily health. HWHB provides extra services for women who are pregnant, who are planning to be pregnant, or who just want to live healthier lives. These services include:

  • personal health and wellness
  • weight management
  • stress management
  • guaranteed basic income (GBI) and housing stabilization
  • financial literacy

Become a HWHB Provider

Contractors are selected through a competitive process that prioritizes service delivery in geographic areas found to have high rates of infant mortality. The Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Program services are grouped into four service bundles:

  • preconception care
  • psychosocial care (i.e., mental health diagnosis and counseling)
  • prenatal care
  • nutrition care

Services in each bundle are based on clinical practices recommended by:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Bundles include enhanced services not fully covered by Medicaid or private insurance (e.g., oral health education and psychosocial risk assessment). Service bundles are delivered to individual women depending on need. Referrals should be made directly to participating providers.

Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Zones Mini-Grants

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium (DHMIC) award mini-grants to support local organizations. The organizations strive to reduce infant and maternal mortality as well as morbidity among women with poor birth outcomes in Delaware through results-driven work. Following are the previous mini-grant winners along with new program information. These are programs for you to share with the community you serve. Women don’t need a referral for the programs; they can get more information directly from the organization.

Additional resources

Below are resources that can help.

HWHB Years 1-3 Evaluation Report

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