The Healthy Start Cohorts provide space and place for HS grantees to come together to learn about what other grantees are doing and co-create tools and resources for the broader HS community. Cohorts provide small groups of HS staff (20-25) with opportunities to connect with other HS staff across the country, lift up and spread successful practices, and brainstorm solutions for common challenges.

Each cohort will be connected to a specific topic associated with the four HS approaches and 19 HS benchmarks (e.g., breastfeeding, fatherhood, CAN, evaluation) and will focus on specific objectives and deliverables within that topic (see proposed objectives and deliverables below). Cohorts will be led by HS grantee staff co-chairs and supported by the Healthy Start TA & Support Center (TASC) staff over a period of approximately 3-4 months.

Information about these opportunities and related announcements are distributed via the TASC’s monthly newsletter. If you would like to sign up to receive the newsletter, please email [email protected].

 

Healthy Start Breastfeeding Cohort

In June 2020, TASC launched the first Healthy Start Cohort: the Breastfeeding Cohort. Cohort members engaged in a six-month learning series, including webinars and Healthy Start CoLab activities. The inaugural Breastfeeding Cohort concluded in December 2020 and the second concluded June 2021. The goal of the Breastfeeding Cohort is to convene Healthy Start grantees – who are prepared to and interested in enhancing and strengthening their breastfeeding work – to create shared best practices for promoting, protecting, and advancing breastfeeding among Healthy Start clients.

 

Healthy Start Evaluation Cohort 

In March 2021, TASC launched the first Evaluation Cohort. The goal of the Evaluation Cohort is to convene Healthy Start grantees – who are prepared to and interested in enhancing and strengthening their evaluation work – to create shared best practices for designing and executing data collection and evaluation processes. Healthy Start staff collecting and/or evaluating data are encouraged to apply to future Evaluation Cohorts.

 

Healthy Start Fatherhood Cohort

In January 2021, TASC launched the first Fatherhood Cohort. The goal of the Healthy Start Fatherhood Cohort is to convene HS grantees – who are prepared to and interested in enhancing and strengthening their fatherhood work – to create shared best practices for Involving, Connecting and Engaging fathers and achieving the goal of 100 fathers in the HS program. The inaugural Fatherhood Cohort concluded in April 2021.

 

Community Action Network Cohort

In January 2021, TASC launched the first Healthy Start CAN Cohort. The goal of the Healthy Start CAN cohort is to convene HS grantees – who are prepared to and interested in enhancing and strengthening their HS CAN work – to create best practices for establishing and maintaining a high-functioning HS CAN. The inaugural CAN Cohort concluded in April 2021.