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 pregnant women regardless of their marital, economic or immigration status are eligible to participate in the Healthy Start program if they are at high risk for a poor pregnancy outcome. This includes postpartum women and their infants up to age three.
The goal of Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight babies 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.
- Healthy Start care coordination and services that support families in reducing the factors and situations that place pregnant women and infants in jeopardy for poor outcomes.
Healthy Start includes targeted support services that address identified risks. The range of Healthy Start services available to pregnant women, infants and children up to age three include:
- Home Visiting – one-on-one support from a friendly advisor in your home or a convenient community location
- Prenatal Education & Support – understand changes to your body, and what to expect during labor and delivery
- Free Screening & Services – get screened for common problems pregnant women and new families often experience, and receive services if you need them
- Parenting Education & Support – get tips on taking care of your baby and learn more about how he grows and develops
- Care Coordination – get help with finding prenatal and pediatric care, access support groups and classes.
- Health and Well-Being – plan for future pregnancies by learning all the options, and connect to training, education, child care and other resources to help you and your family succeed.
Contact CONNECT to see if Healthy Start is right for you and your family.
Phone Number: (305) 541-0210
Referring to Healthy Start
If you are not an OB/GYN and/or Prenatal Care provider or a Hospital, and you would like to refer a client to our program, you may do so by having them fill out a Connect Self-Referral Form. Please ensure that you and the client complete the following:
- Referral Source Information
- All Demographic Information from the Client
- Reason for the Referral
- Signature of the Client Consenting to Participate in the Program (required)
- Signature of the Referral Source
You may click below the image for the referral form:
Should you have any questions regarding this form or need assistance, contact us at 305-541-0210 and ask to speak to one of our Team members.
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