Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a national program designed to lower the infant mortality rates among at-risk populations. Healthy Start programs respond to the particular needs of each grantee's target population. Northern Plains Healthy Start provides services on 12 Reservations located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

Mission Statement:

Northern Plains Healthy Start is committed to the mission of promoting healthy families and improving birth outcomes for Native American women by providing Targeted Case Management Services. TCM services are a culturally relevant program, which empowers individuals to make better health care choices. Services are planned and coordinated through needs assessments, case service planning, referrals and assessing commuity services, advocating for women and children, and monitoring progress and outcomes. Northern Plains Healthy Start and the TCM program is a holistic approach respecting the importance of family, extended family, physical, emotional, pscyho-social and spiritual health and the continued support for Indian family values.

Northern Plains Healthy Start Objectives:

Who May Participate?

Services Include:


Preterm or "Premature" Birth: When a baby is born 3 weeks or more before the due date. It is best when babies are not born until some time around 40 weeks of pregnancy. The good news is there are many simple things you can do that may help prevent preterm labor.

Some habits may HARM your baby!

Drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, or using drugs could harm your baby and may cause birth defects and other health problems that will last a lifetime.




Wear Your Seatbelt


Northern Plains Healthy Start Offices:



Meskwaki Healthy Start Staff
Program Coordinator/Case Manager Roberta Benson


Physical Address: Mailing Address: Phone: 641.484.9421
1646 305th Street
Tama, IA 52339
1646 305th Street
Tama, IA 52339
Fax: 641.484.5609