Healthy Start Program - Santa Rosa County Health Department

Healthy Start / Mom Care

Healthy Start

Healthy Start LogoThe Healthy Start program was created to improve the maternal and infant health outcomes by assuring access to prenatal and infant health services and providing additional services to reduce risk factors. All pregnant women who receive prenatal care in Florida are offered a Healthy Start screening by their obstetrician. Florida Hospitals offer the screening to all new parents at the time of delivery.

The Healthy Start screening identifies individuals who are at risk of poor health outcomes. The screening consists of filling out a short form that asks questions about your health and anything that could affect the health of your baby. It is strictly confidential and voluntary. Healthy Start personnel can then help families reduce risks by providing targeted care coordination services.


Eligibility is based on your screening score and/or any other identified risk factors. Eligibility is NOT based on income or other financial factors. For additional information regarding eligibility requirements, please call (850) 983-5200 x.207.


A Healthy Start Care Coordinator will help you arrange a variety of services as needed to help meet your needs and the goal for having a healthy baby.

Services include:

  • Help making doctor appointments
  • Childbirth education
  • Breastfeeding support and education
  • Parenting education
  • Family planning education
  • Smoking cessation counseling
  • Referrals for nutrition counseling and/or counseling services
  • Coordination with local agencies and resources
  • Home visits by qualified care coordinator

Please call 850-983-5200 x.207 to speak with a care coordinator. Walk-ins are welcome.

Making a Difference

Good nutrition, healthy habits, a positive state of mind, and a support system are important for a healthy baby. Please call Healthy Start and give you and your baby the best start in life... a healthy start!

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The Parents' Guide to Immunizations contains helpful information on vaccines (shots) for you and your family.


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Mom Care

MomCare logoMom Care provides information, referral and assistance for pregnant women covered by Medicaid. A maternity care advisor will contact you to make sure that you have a prenatal care doctor, are enrolled in the WIC program and are screened for Healthy Start risk factors.


The maternity care advisor will initiate services to help you:

  • Choosing a health care provider for you and your unborn baby

  • Finding community resources

  • Meeting your needs via educational services (ie. childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting or smoking cessation classes)

  • Enrolling with the Women, Infant and Children's Nutrition Program (WIC)

  • Obtaining Healthy Start Services

Making a Difference

The best way to have a healthy baby is by preventing problems and getting early treatment. The best way to do this is to see your health care provider regularly!

For more information call 850-983-5200 x.207 to speak with a care coordinator.

Helpful Links

Florida Department of
Children and Families

Access Florida

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Healthy Start Coalitions

Safe Sleep for Babies

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