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Healthy Start

Healthy Start

  •  850-983-5200
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    Mailing Address

    P.O. Box 929 

    Milton, FL 32572-0929 

     

Hours:

Milton Location

Monday–Friday

8 a.m.–5 p.m.


Getting a Good Start 

The Healthy Start program was created to improve maternal and infant health outcomes by ensuring 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

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 the Milton location.

Services 

A Healthy Start Care Coordinator will help you arrange 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

Call 850-983-5200 and ask 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 yourself and your baby the best start in life—a healthy start!

Links 

Parents' Guide to Immunizations (PDF-5.14MB) - contains helpful information on vaccinations (shots) for you and your family.

Text4Baby - get free messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year.

Florida Department of Children and Families

Access Florida

Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions

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