Healthy Start


Since 1991, Healthy Start has worked to give every baby the best start in life. The program helps pregnant women, babies and their families with services that can help them have a healthy birth outcome (i.e. home visits, childbirth education/preparation, parenting education and support, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation and breastfeeding education).

Healthy Start is a free and voluntary program available to all women and services can continue for newborn babies through the age of three.

Click here to enroll in a home visiting program like Healthy Start through Community Connect.

Services Provided

  • Home Visiting – one-on-one support from a friendly advisor in your home or a convenient community location
  • Prenatal Education & Support – understand changes to your body, and what to expect during labor and delivery
  • Free Screening & Services – get screened for common problems pregnant women and new families often experience, and receive services if you need them
  • Parenting Education & Support – get tips on taking care of your baby and learn more about how he grows and develops
  • Care Coordination – get help with finding prenatal and pediatric care, access support groups and classes.
  • Health and Well-Being – plan for future pregnancies by learning all the options, and connect to training, education, child care and other resources to help you and your family succeed.

Service Providers

Locally, the county health departments (Baker, Duval and Nassau); UF Health Jacksonville; Children’s Home Society; and Inspire to Rise receive funding to provide Healthy Start services.

Complaints & Grievances

To submit a complaint or grievance about prenatal or postnatal Healthy Start services, please contact 904.723.5422.