Healthy Start Program


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Healthy Start will provide services to more than 8000 women and infants in Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties in 2015.

How do I qualify for Healthy Start?

Your prenatal care provider will ask you to complete a short form, called a Healthy Start screening.  You may complete the form in private. The form asks questions about your health and anything that could affect the health of your baby. YOUR ANSWERS ARE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL!

Your doctor, midwife, or nurse will review the answers to the screening form with you to determine if you qualify for additional support during your pregnancy. Participation in the Healthy Start program is voluntary and is available to all pregnant women. You will not lose any current services if you choose to participate. Eligibility is based on risk factors, not on financial factors. If you are not offered a screen by your doctor, please ask for one on your next visit.

What services are provided?
A Healthy Start Care Coordinator can arrange a variety of support services if needed, including:

  • Help to make doctor appointments
  • Childbirth classes_MG_2515
  • Nutritional education
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Help to quit smoking
  • Parenting support and education
  • Counseling
  • Family Planning
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Coordination of other community services
  • Home visits by health professionals

BabyE2           Healthy Start care coordination services are provided by Healthy Start staff located at your local County            Health Departments (Hardee and Polk counties) and Children’s Home Society (Highlands county).

Healthy Start Offices

Hardee County Health Department: 863-773-4161

                                     Children’s Home Society in Highlands County: 863-797-7346 (Main Office)                                   863-224-4235 (Avon Park)  /  863-224-1271 (Lake Placid)  /  863-226-7230 (Sebring)

                                                               Polk County Health Department:                                                                                            863-965-5400 (Auburndale)  /  863-519-7900 (Bartow)  /  863-421-3204 (Haines City)                          863-678-4144 (Lake Wales)  /  863-413-2620 (Lakeland)