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2021 Virtual Grantee Meeting Plenary — The History of Healthy Start

November 3, 2021

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Healthy Start program, we will be kicking off the first day of the Virtual Grantees’ Meeting with a History of Healthy Start! This session will feature Deborah Frazier, CEO
of the National Healthy Start Association; Dr. Louis Sullivan who was the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services when Healthy Start was founded; and Dr. Thurma McCann Goldman, who was the first-ever Director of the Division of Healthy Start (now the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services). The speakers will share their unique connections to Healthy Start, in addition to providing a historical perspective on the program’s 30 years of giving women, infants, and families a healthy start.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand how and why Healthy Start was founded
  • Understand the role of the Division of Healthy Start in the program
  • Understand the role of NHSA in the program


Deborah Frazier Chief Executive Officer, National Healthy Start Association (NHSA)

Louis W. Sullivan, MD Founding President of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Former Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Thurma McCann Goldman