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.

Prematurity Report Card

The March of Dimes gave both
Florida and Duval County
poor grades for their prematurity 
rates on the 2020 Prematurity
Report Card.


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COVID-19 Update

Our employees and thousands
of families we serve each year
are the priority of the Healthy
Start Coalition during this
unprecedented coronavirus


COVID-19 Update

2019 Annual Report

While we still have work to do to
ensure all babies live to celebrate
their first birthday, 2019 was a year
of great strides. We go into 2020
with strong partnerships and
strategies to improve birth outcomes
in Northeast Florida.


2019 Annual Report

New Coalition members elected

New members and a slate of officers
were elected at the January 23
meeting. Welcome to
our two newest
Dr. Carol Jenkins Neil and

Tiffanie Williams, LCSW!


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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.



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