Healthy Start provides referral information and support services for infants up to age 3 and their families. Services are tailored based on individual needs. The Healthy Start screen is a short questionnaire that is part of the birth registration process. It is available to all families and is a free and voluntary program. If a family would like to enroll in Healthy Start, they should ask their doctor or healthcare provider.
Locally, the county health departments (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns); UF Health/Shands Jacksonville; Children’s Home Society; and Gateway Community Services receive funding to provide Healthy Start services.
- Checking child growth and development
- Help to reduce stress
- Help to quit smoking
- Ideas for eating healthy
- Information about how to plan and time any future pregnancies for better health
- Information about community resources
- Newborn care information
- Enhanced services
- Childbirth Education Classes
- Breastfeeding Education
- Psychosocial counseling
Postnatal Healthy Start Screen
The postnatal screening is done as part of the birth registration process. The screen is populated by information from the birth certificate and is used to identify any factors that may negatively impact a baby in its first year of life.
Complaints & Grievances
To submit a complaint or grievance about prenatal or postnatal Healthy Start services, please contact 904.723.5422 x101.