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Healthy Start

Florida Department of Health in Taylor County

Because Every Baby Deserves a Healthy Start... 

Healthy Start is a voluntary statewide program available to all pregnant women and infants in the State of Florida. The program assists pregnant women and infants in accessing prenatal and infant health care and other services necessary to reduce the risk of low birth weight, premature birth, fetal and infant mortality, and promote healthy development.

The Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor Counties contracts with the Florida Department of Health in Taylor County to provide care coordination services to Healthy Start clients in Taylor County.

The Healthy Start Coordinators work closely with the clients, families, medical providers and community agencies such as WIC, school health, Refuge House, Florida Department of Children and Families and other social service agencies to develop a comprehensive plan to meet identified needs.

One of the underlying principles of the Healthy Start Program statewide is community engagement and collaboration. Taylor County Healthy Start actively participates in all appropriate community coalitions and workgroups. They are members of Whole Child Jefferson/Madison/Taylor.

Some of our Services 

  • Information and Education
  • Infant Safety Education
  • Breastfeeding Support and Education
  • Home Visits
  • Free Childbirth Classes
  • Nutritional Information
  • Smoking Cessation Education and Support
  • Community Referrals
  • Parenting and Baby Care Information
  • Developmental Screening
  • Family Planning Information
  • Car Seat Classes

Mom Care 

In July 2001 Healthy Start added the MomCare program. MomCare is Medicaid health insurance for pregnanty women. MomCare helps pregnant women receive services they need to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Contact Information 

For information regarding either of these programs, please call 850-584-5087.