The 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.137.
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.
- 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.137 to speak with a care coordinator. Walk-ins are welcome.
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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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