From January through May 2022, the Healthy Start TASC held four cohorts. The cohorts focused on four topics that aligned with the Healthy Start benchmarks and approaches, including Community Action Networks (CAN), Evaluation, Fatherhood, and Recruitment and Retention. The HS participants of each cohort worked together to select specific objectives to guide their work and created artifacts based on their discussions in the meetings and homework assignments in CoLab.

The Healthy Start Cohorts provide space and place for HS grantees to come together to learn about what other grantees are doing and co-create tools and resources for the broader HS community. Cohorts provide small groups of HS staff (20-25) with opportunities to connect with other HS staff across the country, lift up and spread successful practices, and brainstorm solutions for common challenges.

The Healthy Start TA & Support Center cohorts, which have been running since January, wrapped up in May. The cohorts were connected to the four topics: Community Action Network (CAN), Evaluation, Fatherhood, and Recruitment and Retention. Each cohort focused on specific objectives and created deliverables based on their discussions in the meetings and through homework assignments in CoLab. We are looking forward to sharing the accomplishments of the cohorts with the broader Healthy Start community in August during the 2022 Cohort Showcase.

Click the images below to view the cohort artifacts:

                                 

 

Now Open: Fall 2022 Healthy Start Cohort Applications

The Healthy Start TA & Support Center (TASC) is pleased to announce that the applications for the two Fall 2022 Healthy Start cohorts – a Breastfeeding Cohort and a Community Engagement Cohort – are now open. Healthy Start cohorts provide space and place for HS grantees to come together to learn about what others are doing, document promising practices, and co-create tools and resources for the broader community.

Please only complete an application if you are prepared to commit to the following:

  • Participate in the cohort from September 2022 through January 2023
  • Join a minimum of four of the five scheduled 90-minute cohort meetings
  • Complete up to three hours of homework per month

Please note, we also highly recommend that participants have their video turned on during the cohort meetings to help foster an engaging and collaborative space within the cohort. Below are three articles that discuss the benefits of video conferencing.

  1. 5 Reasons Why Your Company Needs to Embrace Video Conferencing Now
  2. 4 Simple Reasons Why You Should Turn Your Video on In a Conference Call
  3. Ready for Your Close-up? Here are 6 Reasons to Turn on Your Webcam During Online Meetings

Below are descriptions of the two Fall 2022 cohorts. If you are interested in participating in one of these cohorts, please complete your application by COB Thursday, August 18.

 

Fall 2022 Healthy Start Breastfeeding Cohort

The goal of the Breastfeeding Cohort is to convene Healthy Start grantees to create shared best practices for promoting and supporting breastfeeding among Healthy Start consumers. The Breastfeeding Cohort will meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 1-2:30 pm ET (12-1:30 pm CT/10-11:30 am PT). The cohort will run from September 2022 through January 2023 with meetings on 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14, and 1/11). To access the application, please click here.

 

Fall 2022 Healthy Start Community Engagement Cohort

The goal of the Community Engagement Cohort is to convene Healthy Start grantees to create shared best practices for connecting, engaging, and maintaining relationships with community partners. The Community Engagement Cohort will meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 1-2:30 pm ET (12-1:30 pm CT/10-11:30 am PT). The cohort will run from September 2022 through January 2023, with meetings on 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13, 1/10). To access the application, please click here.

 

Again, the deadline to complete these applications is COB Thursday, August 18. If you have any questions about the cohorts or application, please email healthystart@nichq.org.