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Healthy Beginnings at Home 1.0 Evaluation Final Report

CelebrateOne contracted with HPIO to complete a final report summarizing the outcome and process evaluation results of Healthy Beginnings at Home (HBAH). HBAH is a housing stabilization pilot research project designed to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for low-income families. Launched in 2018 and concluded in early 2021, the research project provided 49 pregnant women in Columbus with rental assistance and other services.


What is Healthy Beginnings at Home? 

  • Healthy Beginnings at Home (HBAH) is a research project to test the impact of providing rental assistance with housing stabilization services to unstably housed pregnant women at risk of infant mortality
  • Responding to large racial disparities in infant mortality, HBAH addresses inequities in affordable housing access that contribute to high rates of homelessness, housing instability and poor health outcomes for families of color
  • CelebrateOne, an infant mortality prevention collaborative in Columbus, Ohio, led the initial HBAH research project from 2018 to early 2021, enrolling 100 families in the random assignment study with 49 families receiving the housing intervention
  • The study was funded by Ohio Housing Finance Agency and several other public and private organizations

How was HBAH 1.0 evaluated? 

A multi-disciplinary research team conducted a comprehensive evaluation of HBAH, including the following research teams and components:

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital: Randomized control trial with interviews and claims data analysis to assess health outcomes
  • CareSource (Medicaid managed care organization): Claims data analysis to assess healthcare utilization and spending
  • University of Delaware: Evaluation of housing and economic outcomes
  • Health Policy Institute of Ohio: Process evaluation


Amy Bush Stevens, MSW, MPH

Zach Reat, MPA, HPIO

Jacob Santiago, MSW

Published On

July 6, 2021

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