About Us

About the Healthy Start Coalition

Healthy Start was formed by legislation under the late governor Lawton Chiles on June 4, 1991 when infant mortality in the state of Florida was at its highest.  This is a statewide program available in all 67 counties and is administered by 32 coalitions.

The coalition is responsible for all of the following including, but not limited to:

  • Conducting needs assessments
  • Writing and implementing a 5-year Service Delivery Plan
  • Allocating maternal and child health dollars that come to the county
  • Leveraging other dollars for maternal and child health
  • Reducing barriers to care in the county

Healthy Start Screen

The purpose of the universal risk screen is to identify pregnant women who may be at risk for poor birth outcomes.  By identifying potential risks early in pregnancy, both provider and patient benefit.

Healthy Start Program 

The services Healthy Start provides are:

  • Care coordination for high-risk pregnancies and births
  • Childbirth education
  • Parenting education and support
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Interconception education
  • Home-visiting
  • Car seat safety
  • Coordinate nutritional education and psychosocial counseling

These services are currently provided by the Santa Rosa County Health Department.  We strive to ensure every baby has the best chance possible to celebrate his/her first birthday!