Healthy Start is a voluntary statewide prevention program available to all pregnant women and infants in the State of Florida. The intent of Healthy Start is to ensure that all pregnant women and infants in Florida have access to prenatal and infant health care and other services necessary to reduce the risk of low birth weight, premature birth, fetal and infant mortality. The Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson, Madison and Taylor Counties contracts with Florida Department of Health in Madison County to provide care coordination services to Healthy Start clients in Madison County.
The Healthy Start Coordinators work closely with the clients, families, medical providers and community agencies such as WIC, School Health, Refuge House, Florida Department of Children and Families and other social service agencies to develop a comprehensive plan to meet identified needs.
One of the underlying principles of the Healthy Start Program statewide is community involvement and collaboration.