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Healthy Start at UH

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Healthy Moms. Healthy Families. 




Healthy Start is a national program that helps improves the lives of mothers, infants, and families before, during and beyond pregnancy. Through coordinated care case management, home visits and outreach and education Healthy Start seeks to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates, increase access to prenatal care and remove barriers to service. Houston has high rates of infant and maternal mortality with black mothers being most at risk.

Clients referred to UH Healthy Start will receive in-home case management services and will be navigated through health care and community resources based on eligibility and need.

Services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. 




  • Non-pregnant but of childbearing age, pregnant, postpartum and parenting (child is under 18 months)
  • Fathers with children 18 months or younger are eligible for fatherhood education and referrals from our fatherhood involvement coordinator
  • Lives in one of the following zip codes: 77004,77016, 77021, 77033, 77035, 77047, 77067, 77088, 77091,77093

Or Either:

  • You received no or late prenatal care during current or previous pregnancy
  • You have experienced previous complicated pregnancy or related maternal health complication


Check out this video on Healthy Start at UH      blackdadholdingnewborn.png

The Maternal Health Equity Research and Training Center, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.    



Call us TODAY for more information: (713) 743-5500 Or email: hsi@Central.UH.EDU

If you would like to enroll yourself or refer someone to the Healthy Start at UH program, please CLICK HERE. Please include at least a first name and phone or e-mail so one of our outreach staff can follow up.                                                                                  

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Meet the Team 


McClain Sampson, PhD, LMSW- Principle Investigator

Reiko Boydreikoboyd.jpg, PhD - Co-Investigator & Healthy Start Doula Trainee Research Lead





img_2427.jpg Dr. Jerry Roberson, PhD- Local Program Evaluator

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Eulalia Gillum, LMSW - Program Director

Kimberly Taylor-Branch

Kimberly Taylor-Branch, RN, BSN- Maternal Clinical Practioner


Keyonna Tompkins - Community Action Network Manager




img_3648.jpgZyishia Bailey, MPH - Program Manager & Case Management Supervisor 


Shaquaya Frank -  Outreach Specialist & Coordinator Case Manager


bc6f174f-90dd-48e2-8e03-2601b9a85e8e.jpgRaven Hicks - Outreach Specialist/Coordinator Case Manager


cougar-pic.jpg Janine Easton - Coordinated Care Case Manager




LaSondra Keys - Coordinated Care Case Manager






img_2466.jpg      Elaine Huff - Coordinated Care Case Manager


img_2467.jpg Betsy Campos - Coordinated Care Case Manager

Cal Joubert- Fatherhood Involvement Specialist

img_2483.jpg  Rachel Fulkerson- Research Administrator

wen-xu-photo.jpg Wen Xu- Research Analyst/Ph.D student