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Healthy Start

Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section

  •  850-245-4465
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    Fax

    850-245-4047
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    Mailing Address

    Maternal and Child Health Section 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721 

Healthy Start is a free home visiting program that provides education and care coordination to pregnant women and families of children under the age of three.  The goal of the program is to lower risk factors associated with preterm birth, low birth weight, infant mortality and poor developmental outcomes.

Healthy Start offers:

  • Home Visiting
  • Prenatal and Parenting Education
  • Interconception Education including Reproductive Life Planning
  • Stress Management Education
  • Care Coordination to help families learn about resources available in the community and assistance in accessing those services

 

To find a Healthy Start Coalition location near you please visit the link below.

                                            Florida Healthy Start Directory

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.

 

History
Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines
Appendix for Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines
Healthy Start Screening Forms and Brochures
Healthy Start Reports Website
Health Management System: Entering Medicaid Insurance Information-User Guide
Healthy Start HMS User Guide

History

Florida's Healthy Start initiative was signed into law on June 4, 1991. Healthy Start legislation provides for universal risk screening of all Florida's pregnant women and newborn infants to identify those at risk of poor birth, health and developmental outcomes.

 

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Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines

The Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines are intended to guide the implementation of Healthy Start and the use of Healthy Start funds. Healthy Start coalitions and providers are accountable for delivering services in compliance with these standards as outlined in administrative rules in the Florida Administrative Code.

 The Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines can be viewed or dowloaded from the links below:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Healthy Start System

Chapter 2: Information Security Requirements

Chapter 3: Prenatal and Infant Risk Screening

Chapter 4: Coordinated Intake and Referral

Chapter 5: Healthy Start Initial Assessment

Chapter 6: The Healthy Start Program

Chapter 7: Healthy Start Services Prenatal Education

Chapter 8: Healthy Start Services Parenting Education and Support

Chapter 9: Healthy Start Services Interconception Education and Counseling

Chapter 10: Healthy Start Services Stress Management Education

Chapter 11: Healthy Start Services Care Coordination

Chapter 12: Substance Abusing Pregnant Women, Substance Exposed Children and Their Families

Chapter 13: Perinatal Depression Screening

Chapter 14: Intimate Partner Violence Screening

Chapter 15: Substance Use Screening

Chapter 16: Tobacco Use Screening

Chapter 17: Child Development Screening

Chapter 18: Healthy Start Services Breastfeeding Education and Support

Chapter 19: Healthy Start Services Childbirth Education

Chapter 20: Healthy Start Services Nutrition Counseling

Chapter 21: Healthy Start Services Psychosocial Counseling

Chapter 22: Healthy Start Services Tobacco Education and Cessation Counseling

Chapter 23: Healthy Start Coding

Chapter 24: Healthy Start Board of Directors

Chapter 25: Fiscal Accounability

Chapter 26: Community Involvement

Chapter 27: Outreach - Participant Identification, Provider Recruitment and Community Education

Chapter 28: Healthy Start System Assurances

Chapter 29: Performance Based Contracts and Memoranda of Agreement

Chapter 30: Quality Management / Program Improvement

Chapter 31: Transition and Interagency Agreements

 

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Healthy Start Screening Forms and Brochures

Prenatal Risk Screening Forms

Infant Risk Screening Form

 

Statewide Health Resources and Publications E-Store(SHRPE)

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media on request. Your e-mail communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure

A password is needed to log-in to SHRPE. Please email: forms@doh.state.fl.us to obtain a password. Specify the name of the form(s) and/or publication(s) you are requesting and someone will respond within two business days.

To go directly to SHRPE please click the link below:

www.asbaces.com/newaces/(S(sgod5vg2k0ee3gyrhkh3ltkn))/default.aspx

 

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Healthy Start Reports Website

This website provides Prenatal and Infant Risk Screening and service reports to county health departments, Healthy Start coalitions, and Department of Health headquarters staff.  A username and password are needed to access this site at: Healthy Start Reports Website

 

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Health Management System: Entering Medicaid Insurance Information-User Guide

This user guide addresses how to enter Medicaid Insurance information in the Health Management System.

Health Management System Entering Medicaid Insurance Information Guide

HMS Guide

 

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Healthy Start HMS User Guide

For a printable presentation that outlines the Healthy Start side of HMS, please click the link below.

 

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