Health Department

Public Service Center
250 S. 4th. Street, Room 510
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-2301

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 About Us

Minneapolis Healthy Start LogoThe Minneapolis Healthy Start program, also known as the Twin Cities Healthy Start (TCHS) was established in 1991 to reduce infant mortality in communities that have high rates of infant deaths.

The Minneapolis Healthy Start program works in partnership with communities to address the medical, behavioral, and cultural needs of high-risk pregnant women in Minneapolis.


View the Minneapolis Healthy Start Brochure here.

Key Partners

The Family Partnership Logo
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
 MVNA Logo
Hennepin County Medical Center Logo

  • The Family Partnership
  • MVNA
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
  • Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Mother-Baby Program
  • Minneapolis Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN)

What We Stand For

Our Mission

The mission of Minneapolis Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality and promote the health and well-being of pregnant women and parenting families.

Our Vision

Every woman enrolled in Minneapolis Healthy Start will receive home visits from a high trained case manager or public health nurse; mental health and other risk factor screening; help to obtain health insurance; assistance to coordinate medical appointments; prenatal, post-partum and parenting education; and support during pregnancy and for up to two years after the baby is born.

Other Partners

  •  National Healthy Start AssociationDivision of Indian Work Logo
  • Division of Indian Work (DIW)
  • African American Babies Coalition (AABC)
  • Community Voices and Solutions (CVAS)



 Minneapolis Healthy Start provides intensive, in-home case management services to pregnant women who are at risk for poor birth outcomes. Every woman enrolled in the program receives:

  • Home visits from a highly trained case manager or public health nurse
  • Help with obtaining health insurance
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Prenatal, post-partum and parenting education
  • Depression screening
  • Health education
  • Information on child development
  • Assistance with coordinating medical appointments
  • Support during pregnancy and for up to 2 years after the baby is born

Contact Us

Kristen Tharaldson, Healthy Start Coordinator

(612) 673-2622 (office)

(612) 930-9607 (cell)

Minneapolis Healthy Start Community Action Network

The Minneapolis Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN) was formed to support the Healthy Start program and to provide guidance and resources.

To learn more about the CAN, visit here.

Healthy Start welcomed Dr. Maxine Hayes to the Twin Cities on Monday, May 19, 2014. Dr. Hayes conducted a forum on collective impact entitled: "Going for the Gold - Taking Actions that Bring Results: Learning from Washington State and Building on Local Opportunities". Please click on the link to view her PowerPoint presentation and wrap-up summary.



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Last updated Aug 20, 2015