Community Action Network (CAN)


Who We Are

An alliance of community members and 20+ agencies working to ensure healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and nurturing parenting for all families in San Diego County.

The Healthy Start CAN provides a platform for community action to address social determinants of health and achieve collective impact, as well as to support coordination, integration, and mutually reinforcing activities among health, social services, and other providers and key leaders in the community.

The vision of the CAN is to ensure that every family and child has the chance for a Healthy Start in life.


About Community Action Network

Our Vision

Our vision is to make San Diego a place where every baby has the best chance at a healthy start and every parent has the support they need to give their children that chance. Our work is guided by the philosophy of collective impact.

Our Goals

  1. Increase the first trimester prenatal care for all pregnant women.
  2. Reduce non-medically indicated interventions in labor & delivery.
  3. Ensure all parents and caregivers are given the support they need to form strong attachments and parent/child relationships beginning in pregnancy.
  4. Improve access to accurate, timely, trusted information about available health care options for pregnant and parenting families.
  5. Strengthen the network of available community-based support for vulnerable families in need.
  6. Reduce confusion and mis-trust of the healthcare system.

Our Background

Since 2007, PCI’s CBHS MCH Consortium has provided a key resource for the MCH community, augmenting collaboration, coordination, dissemination of information through monthly Educational Quality Circles (EQC) and community events. In 2014, CBHS began the process of transitioning the Consortium to utilize a Collective Impact approach, and re-placed the Consortium with the Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN).

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Partner With Us

The CAN is recruiting new members! We currently meet quarterly and partner closely with other initiatives in the community that address family and child health.

  • Tell us about your concerns related to pregnancy, birth or parenting.
  • Come to our quarterly meetings or monthly educational sessions.
  • Contact us to receive updates, meeting invites, or share a concern.

Please contact Natalie Svistoonoff, Program Manager for Healthy Start, at 619-791-2610 ext. 321.

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Our Partners

2-1-1 San Diego

American Academy of Pediatrics – CA Chapter 3

Black Infant Health

California Department of Public Health

CDPH Regional Perinatal Programs

Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)

Congressman Juan Vargas Office

County San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

ECS Early Head Start

Employee Rights Center

Family Health Centers of San Diego

Home Start

Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

La Maestra Community Health Centers

March of Dimes

Molina Healthcare

Neighborhood House Association

New Life Maternity

Operation Samahan, Inc.

Palomar Health – First 5 First Steps

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest

Price Philanthropies

San Diego Breastfeeding Center

San Diego Community College – Institute for Human Development

San Diego Family Care / Mid City Community Clinic

SAY San Diego | First 5 First Steps

SDSU Research Foundation – WIC Program

Self Help Federal Credit Union

UCSD Center for Community Health

UCSD Mother to Baby Program

United Way of San Diego County


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