Home Visiting Partner Agencies
Florida Healthy Start is a voluntary program that provides support services to pregnant women, interconception women, infants and children up to age three to improve pregnancy, health and developmental outcomes, increase access to healthcare, reduce low birth weight and preterm birth, and reduce infant mortality and morbidity.
Healthy Start of North Central Florida
Central Healthy Start
Healthy Families Florida is a voluntary, community-based home visiting program that helps parents gain skills and knowledge to help their children grow up healthy, safe, nurtured, and ready to succeed in school. The program also helps the family gain self-sufficiency and access health care and other support services they may need.
Florida Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) is a voluntary program that uses the evidence-based model Parents as Teachers (PAT) to serve families with children birth to age 3. The goals of PAT are to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children’s school readiness.
MIECHV in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Putnam and Marion counties: HelpingBabiesGrow.org
Nurse-Family Partnership is a national model for keeping children healthy and safe, and improving the lives of moms and babies. Locally, the program is a partnership among Kids Central, Partnership for Strong Families, WellFlorida and Healthy Start. Our focus is to provide evidence-based home visiting and outreach services for at-risk pregnant women, fathers and/or caregivers using substances, and infants affected by substances. Services are provided for the family up to the target child’s first birthday or longer as needed. The needs of other children in the home are also assessed and addressed.
NewboRN Home Visiting is a free program offered to all Alachua County women who give birth at a hospital, birth center or home within the county. Within a week after baby is born, a registered nurse visits mom at home to see how she and baby are doing, share information and connect them to services and resources.
The program is overseen by Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition and is a collaboration between hospitals, home health agencies, childbirth providers and social service agencies throughout the county.
Make a Referral
OBGYNs, birth centers, pediatricians, community-based organizations refer their clients to Connect to help them get the resources they need to thrive. To send a referral, fill out this form, complete and fax to 352-313-6513.
State Requirements for Prenatal and Infant Screening
Florida’s Healthy Start legislation requires that all pregnant women and infants be offered screening for risk factors that may affect their pregnancy, health or development.
Prenatal and infant risk screens assess risk factors for adverse health outcomes so that identified individuals may then be referred to the appropriate services for their needs.