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.


A Night for Super Heroes

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Alliance and Youth Leadership Team honor their members for their service to the community with a Superhero-themed banquet

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Diversity Luncheon

On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 the Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands & Polk Counties, Inc. hosted a Diversity Awareness: Creating A Culture of Respect Training. The facilitator for the training was Naomi Ardjomand-Kermani out of the Gainesville, FL area. Naomi Ardjomand-Kermani, MPH is an Associate Planner at WellFlorida Council (WFC), the health planning council …

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(ALL INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL USES, NO COMMERCIAL USE) New Orleans, LA, Tuesday, August 30, 2005 -- Cars parked on the New Orleans streets are flooded to the top of the wheel wells in this ground level photograph.  New Orleans was under a mandatory evacuation order as a result of flooding caused by hurricane Katrina. PHOTO CREDIT: Marty Bahamonde/FEMA

Healthy Start Employees Lend a Hand

Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands & Polk Counties employees, Tonya Akwetey, Community Liaison/FIMR Coordinator and Marcia McCalla, Program Assistant, volunteered through “Send Me Missions Louisiana DISASTER RELIEF” to help those in need from the natural disaster. Please go to http://www.sendmemissions.com/ to see pictures and read more on the blog about this mission. Thank you …

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Cedar Kirk TPPA & YLT Trip (Aug 2016)#2

TPPA & YLT Leadership Retreat

The leadership of our Teen Pregnancy Prevention Alliance and Youth Leadership Team enjoyed a great retreat at Cedarkirk. See below to get a feel for the time they spent together.  

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