Coalition members and Healthy Start volunteers advocate for the Healthy Start program, which aims to reduce Florida’s infant mortality rate, improve birth outcomes and promote healthy child development.
Healthy Start or North Central Florida is one of 32 Healthy Start Coalitions in the state. The Coalition serves 12 counties covering 8,422 square miles, most of which is rural with low population density. Income levels within the Coalition are slightly lower than the state and poverty rates are higher. Only four of the 12 counties have attendant medical and birthing center facilities, requiring many moms and babies to travel long distances for delivery. Despite these regional hardships, Healthy Start of North Central Florida uses its funding strategically to reach a large percentage of the communities we serve—and specifically, families with pregnant women, infants and children up to age three who are most at-risk for poor birth outcomes and need help with healthy child development.
Be a voice for families. Advocate to policy makers, the media and your colleagues. Below you will find links to information that will assist you when speaking about the Healthy Start program.