Healthy Futures Program

The Foundation's Healthy Future's program was designed to help Southern states reduce their high rate of infant mortality by systematically improving health care for pregnant women and their infants.This is one of six continuation grants under the Healthy Futures Program. Specific objectives for Puerto Rico include reducing the infant mortality rate from 14.9 in 1985 to under 12 percent by 1992, to increase the percent of women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester from 62 percent in 1985 to 80 percent in 1992, and to reduce repeat pregnancies among adolescents by 30 percent. Local government funded strategies include a funded prenatal care system that reduces financial access barriers and an $8.2-million Family Health Center conversion project. Foundation funded strategies include continued implementation of an aggressive outreach and uniform referral system to initiate prenatal care earlier, training efforts at family health centers regarding needs of adolescents and interagency collaboration to ensure parental consent for medical care. Data collection will be strengthened to enable evaluation of the program.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $574,790.00

Awarded on: 4/19/1990

Time frame: 7/1/1990 - 12/31/1993

Grant Number: 16604


Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Department of Health

P.O. Box 70184
San Juan, 00936-0184

Laura Baker
Project Director


Roberto Varela Flores
Project Director