Research Report Best Start in Metro LA Pilot Community Evaluation: Estimating the Cost Effectiveness of Welcome Baby Home Visiting
Sarah Benatar, Embry M. Howell, Heather Sandstrom, Ian Hill, Margaret Wilkinson
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Welcome Baby is a free and voluntary home visiting program piloted in one downtown Los Angeles Community for five years—and recently expanded to fourteen communities across Los Angeles County—that provides education and support for pregnant women and mothers of newborns. As part of its six-year evaluation of Best Start, the Urban Institute conducted a study of the cost-effectiveness of the initiative’s home visiting investment. Based on a variety of data sources, this report finds that the average cost per woman in Welcome Baby is $1,486, less than many other evidence-based home visiting programs. Using findings from the longitudinal survey, we also estimate the cost effectiveness ratios for select findings benefiting women who received Welcome Baby compared with women who did not receive home visiting. Incremental benefits are associated with costs ranging from about $14,000 to $50,000.
Research Areas Health and health care Children and youth Immigrants and immigration
Tags Immigrant access to the safety net Immigrant children, families, and communities Children's health and development Maternal, child, and reproductive health
Policy Centers Health Policy Center