The Healthy Start goal of improving pregnancy, health, and developmental outcomes is facilitated through care coordination services that provide the knowledge, encouragement, linkages, and support necessary to maximize families’ health, wellbeing, and self-sufficiency.
Our Broward Healthy Start care coordinators achieve this goal by helping participants and their families receive the appropriate interventions they need to improve situations that place them at risk. The care coordinators strive to assure each participant’s continued involvement in prenatal and child health care as well as other needed community and Healthy Start services through actively engaging the participant and building on the families’ strengths, assets and goals. Services are provided at no cost to participants.
In addition to care coordination, Healthy Start services include:
- Breastfeeding Education and Support
- Childbirth Education
- Home Visits
- Interconception Education and Counseling
- Parenting Education and Support
- Supportive Counseling
- Smoking Cessation Counseling
How to Enroll
All pregnant women and infants are screened for Healthy Start risk factors during or after their pregnancy. Healthcare providers are required to complete Healthy Start risk screening per Florida Statute. The information provided on the risk screening form is utilized to determine the family’s need for services.
Healthy Start’s prenatal risk screening must be offered by your obstetrician or midwife during your first prenatal care visit. Be sure to ask your prenatal care provider to screen you for Healthy Start, if you have not yet completed the screening form. Healthy Start’s infant risk screening is provided during hospitalization after delivery, or by your birth center or home birth midwife.
If you are pregnant or the parent of an infant under 3 years old and not enrolled in Healthy Start services but would like to participate, please contact us at 954-563-7583 to complete a self-referral by phone.
Healthy Start Service Providers