About Us

We work collectively to improve outcomes for mothers, babies and families in the state of Florida. The Healthy Start Program was enacted into legislation in 1991. There are 31 Coalitions in Florida. Click here to find the Coalition nearest you.

Our History

Healthy Start was born in 1991 when the Governor and First Lady convened a group of community leaders and challenged them to build local coalitions to reduce Florida’s alarmingly high infant mortality rate.

Healthy Start builds on Governor Chiles’ experience as chairman of the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality and helps at- risk mothers receive the care they need for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Governor Lawton Chiles believed every child deserved a healthy start in life and worked with communities to build strong local coalitions to provide high-quality prenatal care for mothers and health care for children

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