Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description


Pregnant women or mothers parenting a child under the age of two. Women must reside in the Chicago Community Areas of Washington Park, Greater Grand Crossing, Grand Boulevard; Near West Side; Near South Side, Douglas Hermosa and/or West Town.

Eligibility Criteria



To reduce the Infant mortality rate (the numbers of babies who die before reaching their first birthday) and related health problems for both mother and baby.


Assistance in getting well child care, immunization, family planning, smoking cessation, prenatal care social services, WIC, transportation, health education, and GED classes, screening for perinatal depression and Interconceptional Case Management.

Delivery Method

Services are provided through one of four Chicago Healthy Family Centers. These are operated by Erie Family Health Center, Henry Booth House, West Side Future and Winfield-Moody Health Center.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $1775.0 $1775.0 $1775.0
Number of Grantees 4 4 4
Number Served 2,008 2,806 2,762

Program Accomplishments

Chicago Healthy Start provides a comprehensive array of health and social services to women of childbearing age and their families; at accessible community locations, and, in a culturally appropriate manner. The typical participant can be described as an African American, Latino or Asian female of the inner city at high risk of a poor pregnancy outcome. To reduce this risk Healthy Start focuses on getting participants into early prenatal care; improving nutrition and ensuring each participant has a medical home. 88% of pregnant participants were enrolled in prenatal care within the first trimester; 82.9% receive WIC and 99.7% has a permanent medical provider.