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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.

Roles and Responsibilities of Committees

New volunteers will receive an orientation to Healthy Start services. Time commitments vary from a few hours a week to a few hours every other month depending on your availability.

Healthy Start Awareness Role of this committee is to facilitate public awareness of the Healthy Start mission and activities through the use of brochures, participation at health related events, distribution of newsletters and speaking engagements.

Service Delivery Planning Committee The role of the Service Delivery committee is to help develop, implement and monitor action steps for compliance with the approved Service Delivery Plan. This committee also revises and prepares Service Delivery Plan updates. This committee meets on a bi-monthly basis.

Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement The role of the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement committee is to ensure that the Coalition has in place quality improvement guidelines and principles that are the foundation of all Coalition activities. Committee members assist in conducting annual quality assurance visits to providers of Healthy Start services. This committee meets quarterly, or more often if necessary, and is chaired by the Executive Director.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Alliance (TPPA) – Is a network of agency, community and consumer representatives who are concerned with the issue of teen pregnancy. Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties each have an active TPPA committee. These committees meet on a monthly basis.

Fetal & Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Case Review Team and Community Action Group
The FIMR Case Review Team reviews fetal and infant death cases from a technical perspective and determines what interventions might have prevented the death. The Case Review Team makes recommendations to the Community Action Group for community-based interventions. The Community Action Group initiates an action plan based on recommendations from the Case Review Team. The committees meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis in Polk County and in Hardee/Highlands County combined.

Community Action Group The role of the Community Action Group is to address Healthy Start issues on a county level. The primary responsibility of the group is to devise strategies to respond to local issues.

For more information on how you can help make sure every baby gets a Healthy Start call our Healthy Start Coalition Office. Or, if you are in the neighborhood, stop by for a visit.

Healthy Start Coalition Office
650 E. Davidson Street
Bartow, Florida


Information on becoming a member of the Healthy Start Board of Directors or serving on a Board committee is located here.