The Healthy Start Coalition

In Northeast Florida too many babies die from preventable causes and lack of health services. The Healthy Start Coalition leads a cooperative community effort to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of children, childbearing women and their families in Northeast Florida.

Healthy Start redesign

After 28 years, Healthy Start's look is new and improved. The new journey to healthy birth outcomes creates links to the local system of care through Connect and capitalizes on strengthening women and family empowerment.


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2018 infant mortality rates

The infant mortality rate increased from 7.3 to 7.9 deaths per 1000 live births in 2018. 147 babies died before their first birthday - the equivalent of eight classes of kindergarteners.



2018 Annual Report

2018 was a year of growth and success for the Coalition. Our Annual Report features highlights from all of our initiatives and events across Northeast Florida that furthered our mission of every baby having a healthy start in life. 


2018 Annual Report

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition's purpose is to provide every baby with a healthy start in life and we cannot do this without help from the community.



"Nurse-Family Partnership has given me the confidence to believe in myself as a first-time mom. The visits to my home where my nurse and I talk about my child’s development as she grows allows me to understand my baby more. The questions I have never go unanswered."

– Natasha Jones, Nurse-Family Partnership Participant

"The Coalition brings together key partners to support investment in services that support the healthy development of babies, our community's most valuable citizens."

– Peter Racine, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation