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Healthy Start

Healthy Start

  •  904-653-5255

    Mailing Address

    480 West Lowder Street 

    Macclenny Florida 32063 



Florida's Healthy Start initiative was signed into law on June 4, 1991. Healthy Start legislation provides for universal risk screening of all Florida's pregnant women and newborn infants to identify those at risk of poor birth, health and developmental outcomes

Healthy Start includes targeted support services that address identified risks. The range of Healthy Start services available to pregnant women, infants and children up to age three include:

  • Information and referral
  • Comprehensive assessment of service needs in light of family and community resources
  • Ongoing care coordination and support to assure access to needed services
  • Psychosocial, nutritional and smoking cessation and interconceptional counseling.
  • Childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting support and education
  • Home visiting

In Baker County, we deliver services by phone, office visits or by home visitation.  The program participants and Healthy Start staff decide jointly which forms of service delivery will be most beneficial for clients to receive.  The Healthy Start Care Coordinators are available to help you to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Care Education
  • Care of the Newborn Education
  • Breastfeeding Education and Consultation
  • Supportive Counseling
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Reference Library
  • Car Seat Program
  • Referrals to Additional Services as needed
  • Safe Sleep Promotion for Infants

The Baker County Healthy Start Program is committed to the goal of reducing infant deaths and the number of low birth weight babies born to the women of this community