The Bay Mills Healthy Start program offers services for mothers and newborns throughout the pregnancy up to five years.
Maajtaag Mnobmaadzid-Start of a Healthy Life
Prenatal to age 2 years
The Healthy Start is a national/federal program which began in Bay Mills in 1977. It is funded through the Dept. of Health & Human Services and is provided oversight through the Inter-Tribal Council of MI. The primary goal of the Healthy Start program is to improve the overall health of Native American mothers, infants and families in Michigan by reducing racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare through family-centered and community based projects.
Contact: Joann LeBlanc (906) 248-8360
Key Outcomes Tracked
Connection to services
Medical home and family well-being from prenatal up to age two
Focus on health during pregnancy, healthy newborn, and healthy mothers.
Focus on sustaining women's positive health
Promote positive pregnancy outcomes
Focus on healthy infant survival
Tribal Home Visiting
Partnership for Anishnaabe Binoojiiyensag
Serves ages 2 to 5 years
Tribal Home Visiting is a federal program through the Dept. of Health & Human Services and also provided oversight through the Inter-Tribal Council of MI. Home visiting helps parents learn why maternal and health before, during, and after pregnancy is important and can help parents learn how to care for an infant and build strong, healthy relationships with their children. This program utilizes the Family Spirit curriculum and expands services from the Healthy Start program through age 5.
Contact: Evelyene McPherson (906) 248-8375
Key Outcomes Tracked
Parenting skill gains
Social, emotional, and cognitive development milestones for infants and children
Added focus on parenting knowledge, involvement, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children.
Focus on optimal child development
Focus on family stability
This program integrates additional data into existing forms, has additional assessments for children up to age 5, offers peer support and tools to monitor fidelity of implementation.