Bronx Healthy Start Spotlight

Bronx Healthy Start Partnership

About BxHSP



Bronx Healthy Start Partnership
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Ave
Bronx, New York, 10461

Fax: 718-430-8816 


The Bronx Healthy Start Partnership (BxHSP) is a collaboration led by Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

BxHSP partners include:

  • Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) and Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC), both Section 330 federally qualified health center networks with large school health programs
  • Bronx Health Link, a community-based health education and advocacy organization
  • Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
  • Montefiore Medical Center, Group, and School Health Program

With 1.4 million residents, the Bronx is the nation’s poorest urban county. All BxHSP partners currently serve four target community districts (CDs), each of which had an excess of 10 infant deaths per 1,000 live births averaged over 2007-2009 and a total of 49 infant deaths during that period.

  • Concourse/Highbridge (CD 4)
  • University/Morris Heights (CD 5)
  • Fordham (CD 7)
  • Pelham Parkway (CD 11)

In 2010, these four CDs had more than a half million residents, 53% women, 31% below the federal poverty level, 19% uninsured, 27% African American, and 59% Hispanic; and a per capita income of $15,526, 15% below the Bronx-wide and less than half the city-wide averages, respectively.

BxHSP will improve women’s health among this population through outreach and enrollment in health insurance coverage under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The program provides navigators to educate and aid the uninsured regarding eligibility, subsidies, and how to sign up through the New York State health insurance exchange website ( Expands existing ACA outreach and education through its federally qualified health centers, coordinates and facilitates access to services, and provides comprehensive individual and community-wide needs assessments.

Serving a minimum of 500 program participants each year, BxHSP's federally qualified health centers:

  • Build upon current and past Maternal and Child Health programs to strengthen, coordinate, and integrate women’s clinical preventive services, inter-conception care and reproductive life planning, and high quality, patient-centered medical homes for high-risk women.
  • Provide health education programs that support breastfeeding, immunization, safe sleep, family planning, smoking cessation, and prevention of fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Recruit and train community health workers (CHWs) who:
    • Conduct maternal and child screening and home visiting with cultural & linguistic appropriateness and trauma-informed care
    • Refer families to existing resilience support and therapeutic programs, including Centering Pregnancy, co-located Healthy Steps, Nurse Family Partnership, Healthy Families New York
    • Engage and involve fathers in all aspects of family planning and family life
    • Promote evidence-based parenting programs

Coordination and Support

The Bronx Health Link develops and leads the Bronx Community Action Network to maximize the collective impact of BxHSP, conducts a series of community educational and advocacy forums, and assists in developing an inter-agency learning collaborative to establish and adopt “Best Practices” and assure comprehensive quality improvement.

The Bronx District Public Health Office (BDPHO) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) participates in the Bronx Community Action Network and assists with securing vital statistics and other public health data.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine conducts performance monitoring and establishes data systems to acquire, monitor, and report both participant- and community-level outcomes and evaluate progress towards achieving MHCB benchmarks.

BxHSP participates in the national Healthy Start evaluation.



Bronx Healthy Start Partnership is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

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