Maternal & Infant Health
WellFlorida has been an active participant in bringing infant and maternal care to rural counties throughout North Central Florida. Since Healthy Start’s inception in 1992, WellFlorida Council has provided program management and other services to two Healthy Start Coalitions: Healthy Start of North Central Florida (12 counties) and Central Healthy Start (4 counties).
Healthy Start is a voluntary program whose goal is to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight babies and improve health and developmental outcomes. Healthy Start provides a universal screening tool to identify pregnant women and infants who are at risk for an adverse health outcome. The services that Healthy Start offers are free to pregnant women and babies, up to age 3; and are based on needs, not income. Available services include childbirth education, breastfeeding education and support, parenting education and support, tobacco free education and support, counseling services and women’s health education and support.
WellFlorida, in partnership with the coalitions, monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of services provided to clients, develops strategic plans to improve pregnancy outcomes and enhances child development, develops marketing materials and strategies to promote Healthy Start services, conducts needs assessments, provides professional trainings and allocate funds received from the Florida Department of Health.
For more information about Healthy Start, contact:
Julie Moderie, MPH
To learn how to obtain free services through the Healthy Start program, please call 877-678-9355 to connect.
Healthy Start also oversees the following programs: