Mission & History

Florida's Healthy Start initiative was signed into law on June 4, 1991 after then Governor, Lawton Chiles convened a group of community leaders and challenged them to develop ways to reduce Florida's alarmingly high infant mortality rate.

In order to create a system of care for expectant mothers through this legislation Healthy Start Coalitions throughout the state were created. The Healthy Start legislation provides for all pregnant women and newborn infants throughout the state with a universal risk screening to identify if they are at risk of poor birth, health and developmental outcomes.

There are currently thirty-two Healthy Start Coalitions throughout the state offering expectant mothers with risk screenings, prenatal care, parenting support, counseling and so much more.

Martin County’s Healthy Start Coalition opened its doors in February 1993 with the mission of ensuring that all babies in Martin County are born healthy. Through various programs and services the organization has provided thousands of local women and babies with prenatal care and guidance.