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Florida Healthy Start
The focus of the Florida Healthy
Start Program is prevention. When the needs of pregnant women are
met, the results are healthier babies and mothers. Healthier babies and
mothers help to reduce infant mortality and save millions in tax
dollars. Healthy Start is not a poor woman's or health department
program. Healthy Start is a program for any pregnant woman with a
eligibility screening score of 4 or more points, or found to be high risk by
the health care provider.
- Prenatal--growth and development of the fetus, healthy eating
habits, breastfeeding education, exercise, signs and symptoms of potential
problems, premature labor, true labor, effects of alcohol, smoking, and
illegal drugs on the developing fetus, and contraceptive methods.
Infant--growth and development information, safety, parenting
information, birth control information and referral, immunization and
healthcare information, nutritional information, and breastfeeding support.
social workers and paraprofessionals for teaching, referral and support as
needed to assure each family has the resources to be healthy and
with area agencies on behalf of the client/family to obtain needed services.
to agencies providing GED programs, parenting, childbirth, smoking
cessation, food, furniture, clothing, housing, and other services when
clients are in need.
Psychosocial Counseling by trained
professionals--referral to drug/alcohol
Care Coordination Services--addressing
the strengths and needs of the entire family unit.
Information - For more information, please
call the Healthy Start Program office at (386) 758-1135.
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