DC Healthy Start supporters welcomed the news last week that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the DC Department of Health $7.95 million over four and a half years but warned that “the fight is not over.”
The Healthy Start budget has been cut nearly in half, noted the DC Nurses Association (DCNA), which rallied and lobbied for additional funds for the program (DC Healthy Start “My Second Family” 11/3/2014 UC). “This decrease in funding is detrimental to program and will lead to the abandonment of some mothers and children in the District,” said DCNA Acting Executive Director Ed Smith. “It may also risk the achievement of lowering the District’s infant mortality rate, which is slightly over the national average.” DCNA vowed to continue fighting for additional funding from the District to fully fund the DC Healthy Start Program.
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