The Healthy Start program was established 1991 to improve birth and early childhood outcomes. Services are voluntary and are provided to pregnant women and infants. These services include education, social support and linkage to needed medical care, and community-based services. The program is funded by the Florida Department of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Administration to provide these services to all pregnant women and infants. Coordinated Intake and Referral contacts all women who are on Medicaid and all women who complete a Healthy Start screen to identify needs of the family and to provide referrals to home visitation programs and other community resources.
The Healthy Start program provides moms, newborns and families with education, resources and support through services in the home, hospital or other community settings and one-on-one phone calls. Pregnant women, infants and the mothers of these infants receive services based on prenatal and postnatal pathways that provide screening and intervention to families. Women receiving Healthy Start services receive Interconception services to give themselves and their babies the best chances at a healthy birth and life. Mothers and babies receive services through the first year of the infant’s life.
Number of Clients Served July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018:
12,661 pregnant women screened for services
5,436 pregnant women enrolled and received services
17,064 infants were screened for services
11,328 infants were enrolled and received services
17,298 infants born in Hillsborough County during this time period
How do I enroll in the Healthy Start Program?
As soon as you think you may be pregnant, schedule a visit with your obstetrician or health care provider. During this initial visit, ask for the Healthy Start Prenatal Risk Screen. This is a simple one-page questionnaire that is completed by you and your medical provider.
The answers to these questions are kept confidential and are used only to provide the best possible care for you and your baby.
Pregnant women and new moms can also sign up by calling 813-307-8016.