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A Healthy Start Can Last a Lifetime

The Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands, and Polk Counties’ MISSION is to promote and support
healthy pregnancies, babies, and families by providing a maternal and child health system
of care through community partnerships.

Our VISION is to be the leader for linking community resources in order to maximize the health
and wellness of childbearing women and their families.

Our COMMITMENT is two-fold:

  1. To establish partnerships among private and public sector, state and local governments, community groups and organizations, and maternal and child health care providers to offer coordinated, community-based care for pregnant women and infants.
  1. To promote and protect the health and well-being of all pregnant women and children through the provision and accessibility of health care programs to fully meet the health requirements of this population.

The Healthy Start Coalition is here for you.

Legislative Delegation Presentation

Our Executive Director, Charlene Edwards, presented to the Florida Legislative Delegation.

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“Let’s Talk This October”

The Polk Youth Leadership Team and RISK Club partnered for ‘Let’s Talk’ this October to teach our youth and parents about communication regarding sexuality and relationships. Kathy Dobson, Outreach Coordinator & Education - Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central FL, educated participants at this event on birth control, consent, and related topics through fun games …

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Highlands Champion for Children, Child Advocate of the Year

Our own Holly Parker, a finalist for Highlands Champion for Children, Child Advocate of the Year.

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October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month!

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) is heartbreaking and can happen in any family regardless of income, race/ethnicity, education, or the community in which they live. SUID is often associated with preventable unsafe infant sleep practices and environments. Babies should always be put to sleep on their backs, alone, in their own crib or bassinet; with …

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