Mission: To protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts



Nassau Healthy Start

Healthy Start is an educational and supportive program that serves pregnant women and families with children under age 3. Services include parenting education, childbirth classes, breastfeeding support, psychosocial counseling (individual, couple and family), smoking cessation, interconceptional (women’s health) services, developmental screenings and case management.

Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition website: http://nefhealthystart.org/

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Contact Information

30 South 4th Street
Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Administration Building
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
904-548-1810 x5272


Pregnant Women

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Mom, Dad & Baby

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be in Healthy Start?
Healthy Start clients must reside in Nassau County. They also must be pregnant, have a child under 3, or have been pregnant within the last 2 years.

How much does Healthy Start cost?
If you are a Healthy Start client all of our services are free!

How can I become part of Healthy Start?
You will be offered Healthy Start at your first pregnancy appointment with your doctor or at the hospital after the birth of your baby.

You can also call us at 548-1810 x5272 and sign yourself up at any time.

Where can I get Healthy Start services?
Services can be provided in your home, at any Health Department site, at your local doctor appointments, or any other location in Nassau County.

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DID YOU KNOW? – At 4 months pregnant your baby can hear! Reading and singing to your baby promotes brain development and bonding.

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Childbirth Classes

Join us close to your 7th month of pregnancy for a series of 4 classes that provide you with information to plan for the birth of your baby! You are welcome to bring a partner to learn about: labor, breathing & relaxation, medication options, post partum care, breastfeeding, infant care, and car seat safety. Class times and locations may change so call us to reserve your spot. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a pillow, blanket, drink and a snack.

2014 Schedule
Morning Classes 9 a.m.-Noon
Family Education Center
86207 Felmore Rd, Yulee 
Night Classes 5:30 p.m.-8:30 pm
Florida Department of Health in Nassau County Administration Building
30 South 4th Street, Fernandina Beach   
March 6, 13, 20, 27   -Thursdays
May 6, 13, 20, 27 - Tuesdays
July 1, 8, 15, 22 - Tuesdays
November 3, 10, 17, 24 - Mondays

January 7, 14, 21, 28 – Tuesdays
September 4, 11, 18, 25 - Thursdays


DID YOU KNOW? – Babies under 1 year old should be placed on their BACK to sleep? This will help prevent SIDS.

DID YOU KNOW? – Used car seats are generally unsafe. Keep your baby facing the back of the car until the height or weight limits of the seat is reached. Loose items in your car are dangerous for you and your baby.

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2014 Car Seat Classes

Baby Car Seat

2nd Tuesday of Every Month

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 08
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 08
  • August 12
  • * Monday, September 15 - @ Ron Anderson Dealership
  • October 14
  • * Monday, November 10
  • December 09
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Teen Activities

4 Me! Teen Health Class –
A series of 4 one and a half hour classes for youth ages 12-18 to learn about reproductive health, birth control options, prevention of HIV and STD’s. The class also focuses on communication skills, problems solving and goal setting. Classes are offered once in the fall and in the spring. Class size limited to 15 youth. If interested, please call 904-548-1810 x5272.

Teen Leadership Council – Youth who complete the 4 Me! Teen Health Class have the opportunity to apply to be on the 4 Me! Teen Leadership Council. Once selected to be on council, the group meets every other week for 6 months and completes a community project of their choice. After successful completion of the Leadership Council requirements, youth can earn up to a $500 stipend.

Teening-Up Program coming in 2014. – Classes for parents of adolescents ages 9-16 to learn about the normal development of young and middle-adolescent children and to teach them skills to improve their communication and parenting of these children.

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If interested in more info, please contact 904-548-1810 x5222

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