For more than 20 years, Healthy Start programs have assisted pregnant women, inter-conception women, infants, and children up to age three years old to obtain the health care and social support needed to reduce the risks for poor maternal and child health outcomes. Healthy Start promotes optimal prenatal health and developmental outcomes for all pregnant women and babies in Florida. The fundamental goals of the Healthy Start Program are to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight babies and improve health and developmental outcomes.
Healthy Start programs offer universal risk screenings for all Florida pregnant women and infants to ensure early care is directed to those families where there is the best chance of preventing or minimizing adverse outcomes. Services provided are client-centered, risk-based, voluntary and free with no waiting lists. Initial risks are determined by the prenatal or infant Healthy Start screen completed by the medical provider.