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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.

Healthy Start Needs Your Help

Dear community partner and friend, We are reaching out to you asking that you will advocate for pregnant women and babies in Florida. Currently, the Florida Senate budget contains a potentially devastating $19 million cut for the Healthy Start program statewide. Senate Bill 2500 reduces funding for critical services provided to our most high-risk moms …

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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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