$9M awarded to help Latino, African American babies get healthy start

GRAND RAPIDS, MI РStrong Beginnings, a West Michigan program that aims to provide babies with a healthy start in life, has received more than $9 million to expand outreach among African American and Latino families.

The program will receive $4.3 million over five years from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve maternal and child health among Latinos in Kent County through its program, Familias Fuertes y Saludables.

Agencies behind Strong Beginnings include Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities program, Arbor Circle, Breton Health Center, Cherry Health, Family Futures, the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, the Healthy Kent Infant Health Team, the Kent County Health Department and the Salvation Army Booth Clinic.

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