The Healthy Start program promotes the success of young children

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Thelisha Thomas

In 1992, Florida Governor Lawton Chiles signed a pioneering measure into law, creating Healthy Start. This was landmark legislation, aimed at supporting motherhood by providing access to comprehensive screening for all pregnant women and babies and providing services for those at risk.

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Healthy Start Florida. Our state’s 32 Healthy Start Coalitions are responsible for building systems of care in every community as well as providing services for pregnant women and young children, up to age three.

In the decades since the model’s implementation, our state’s infant mortality rate has been reduced by 32%…the best reduction in the nation.

Healthy Start is an essential service. Throughout the COVID 19 pandemic, we are determined to adapt and fulfill our vital load. We strive to connect with moms through virtual platforms, childbirth video education and access to nutrition. We are mandated by law to support the most vulnerable and assume this responsibility with great determination.

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