The goal of Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight babies and improve health and developmental outcomes. Created in 1991 by Florida legislation, Healthy Start calls for the screening of all Florida’s pregnant women and infants to identify those at risk for poor birth, health and developmental outcomes. ALL pregnant women regardless of their marital, economic or immigration status are eligible to participate in the Healthy Start program if they are at risk for a poor pregnancy outcome. This includes post-partum women and their infants up to age 3.
Central Healthy Start, one of 32 Healthy Start coalitions throughout the state, administers the Healthy Start program for four counties. The Coalition’s services and programs work to improve pregnancy outcomes, promote healthy child development and strengthen families.