Healthy Start legislation provides for universal risk screening of all Florida’s pregnant women and infants to identify those at risk for poor birth, health, and developmental outcomes. ALL high-risk pregnant women, regardless of their marital, economic or immigration status, are eligible to participate in Healthy Start including postpartum women and their infants up to age three. The goal of Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality, reduce poor birth outcomes and improve health and developmental outcomes.
Implemented April 1, 1992, the key components of Florida’s Healthy Start include:
- Universal prenatal and infant risk screening to identify pregnant women and infants at risk for adverse birth, health, and developmental outcomes.
- Care coordination and services that support families in reducing the factors and situations that place pregnant women and infants in jeopardy for poor outcomes.
The Healthy Start methods of outreach for services include client identification, public and private provider recruitment and community education. Outreach is approached systematically in a family-centered, community-based manner in order to promote improved pregnancy and infant health outcomes.
Referring to Healthy Start
If you are not an OB/GYN, Prenatal Care Provider or a hospital but would like to refer a client or enroll yourself into our program, please fill out a Connect Self-Referral Form.
Below is the required documentation for submission:
Referring Agency Information
Clients Demographic Information
Reason for the Referral in Additional Comments
- Obtain Client’s Verbal Consent
For assistance or more information, please contact HSCMD at 305-541-0210.
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