The Healthy Start program at Johns Hopkins All Children's works with women, infants and families to improve their health and well-being.
Healthy Start supports women before, during and after pregnancy by addressing their health and social service needs. We help to strengthen families in the face of life’s challenges and engage the community to improve systems of care.
We work individually with women and families to focus on their specific needs, and connect them with the culturally competent, family-centered and comprehensive health and social services they need. Some of the things we help women address can include:
- Infant care
- Family planning
- Domestic or mental wellness concerns
- Substance and alcohol use
We also offer services for fathers, and classes and events for the community on topics such as parenting, breastfeeding, safe sleep practices, infant care and health education.
Who We Serve
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has been a part of Healthy Start since 1997, to address a gap in systems of maternal and child health services that is directly linked to health disparities in infant mortality, preconception care and care between pregnancies.
We serve women and families in Pinellas County—especially in areas where the infant mortality rate is high—to address risk factors that can impact their health and future pregnancies. We focus on women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, fathers, infants and toddlers.
Programs and Services
Our team works together with you to make sure you receive the services and resources that address your individual needs. This includes father-focused services for men, and community programs open to anyone.
We hold events throughout the year that offer tips and resources for women, men and families, and events to bring the community together to support maternal and child health.
Anyone can join the Community Action Network o make a difference in the lives of women, children and families throughout the community.
Healthy Start is a federally-funded initiative dedicated to reducing disparities in maternal and infant health in high-risk communities. This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA0 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H49MC27805, the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health-HRSA-14-112 for the amount of $5.6 million dollars over a five-year period. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.