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Healthy Start Programs and Services

Healthy Start/MomCare

  •  407-858-1472
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    Mailing Address

    475 W. Story Rd  

    Ocoee, FL 34761 

     

For more than 20 years, Healthy Start has been providing assistance to pregnant women, interconceptual women, infants, and children up to age three to obtain the health care and social support needed to reduce the risks for poor maternal and child health outcomes.

Healthy Start offers care coordination services to all pregnant women and infants regardless of their socioeconomic status to ensure that early care is directed to those families where there is the best chance of preventing or minimizing adverse outcomes.

MomCare is a program that operates under the umbrella of Healthy Start to ensure access to care for all Medicaid-eligible pregnant women.

Nurse Family Partnership is a voluntary program that partners first-time moms with nurses. It is an evidence-based, community health program that operates under the umbrella of Healthy Start to transforms lives of vulnerable, first-time mothers living in poverty by improving prenatal care, quality of parenting and life prospects for mothers by partnering them with a registered and trained home visiting nurse.

Bellies, Babies and Beyond program is a Healthy Start initiative designed to work with women and their families before, during and after pregnancy, engaging pregnant women and continuing to serve the family through the baby’s second birthday.

Below are details about our services:

  • Healthy Start Services

For more than 20 years, Healthy Start has been providing assistance to pregnant women, interconceptual women, infants and children up to age three to improve pregnancy outcomes and help children get a healthy start in life. Healthy Start services are provided at no cost. Our goal is to help you have the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible. Participation in the program is completely voluntary and all information provided is kept strictly confidential.

Services provided by the program include:  

  • Assistance in Finding a Prenatal Care Provider 
    • MomCare Choice Counseling
  • Prenatal Education and Support
  • Newborn Care Education and Support
  • In-Home Assessments, Care Coordination and Support
  • Breastfeeding Education and Support
  • Childbirth Education 
    • Childbirth classes
  • Parenting Education 
    • General Parenting Education
    • Happiest Baby on the Block Workshops
  • Workshops for Expectant Fathers 
    • Boot Camp for New Dads Workshops
  • Car Seat Safety Education (More information and car seat safety checkpoint points available at SafeKids.org.
  • Nutrition Education
  • Help to Quit Smoking
  • Supportive Counseling
  • Referrals to other community resources

For more information on the Healthy Start Program and services, call 407-858-1472.

Community Partners

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  • MomCare Choice Counseling

MomCare Logo

MomCare was implemented in September of 2001 and is a statewide program.  Every county in Florida offers MomCare services.  Every woman who applies for either SOBRA (temporary Medicaid) or full Medicaid for her pregnancy is automatically enrolled in the program.  Pregnant women are assisted until they are linked with their chosen Managed Care Organization (MCO) and know the resources available to them and their baby. Women receive education on the Family Planning Waiver, assistance in choosing a pediatrician for their baby, and instructions on how to activate their baby’s Medicaid. MomCare is sponsored by the Florida Department of Health, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration and the Healthy Start Coalition of Orange.

How will it help you?

When you find out that you are pregnant, you may have questions that MomCare can help answer:

  • What do I need to do?
  • Where do I go for prenatal care?
  • How do I get the extra help that I need?
  • Who do I talk to if I have a problem?

How does it work?

Once you are approved for pregnancy (SOBRA) Medicaid, a Maternity Care Advisor (MCA) will be assigned to you to help answer your questions. Your MCA will assist you in getting medical care and services such as the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), childbirth education, parenting and breastfeeding education and support and psychosocial counseling, if needed.

How can your MCA help you?

  • Make follow-up phone calls to ensure you are keeping health care appointments.
  • Provide WIC nutrition program information and referral.
  • Refer you to Healthy Start services, when needed.
  • Register you for Healthy Start sponsored childbirth, parenting and car seat safety classes, if applicable.
  • Provide access and referrals to other community resources.
  • Assist you in choosing a pediatrician for newborn prior to delivery.
  • Provide instructions on how to obtain or apply for the baby’s Medicaid.
  • Assist you on accessing family planning/birth control services after delivery
  • Link you to available education information online Momcare IC booklet (PDF 235MB) or by mail

We look forward to helping you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.  For more information on the MomCare Program or to speak to a MCA, call 407-254-6822 or  visit http://www.healthystartorange.org/momcare.html.

  • Nurse Family Partnership

2016-2017 Annual Report

Pregnancy help for first time moms

Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time moms, just like you, prepare for the birth of your child and gives you the support you need to achieve your heart's desire.

Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with nurses. When you enroll in the program, a trained nurse will visit you in your home until your baby turns two years old.

If you have questions, your nurse will help answer them. Your nurse helps you have a healthy pregnancy, gives you coaching on child development and empowers you to pursue your heart's desire. Your nurse will always be there for you, so you can be there for your baby!

Every dollar invested in NFP can yield more than five dollars in return.

Program Goals

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes
  • Improve child health and development
  • Improve parents' economic self-sufficiency

Key Program Components:

  • First-time, at-risk mothers
  • Registered nurses
  • Intensive services (intensity, duration)
  • Focus on behavior
  • Program fidelity

Why Nurses?

  • Knowledge, judgment and skills
  • High levels of trust, low stigma
  • Credibility and perceived authority
  • Nursing theory and practice at core of original model     

Who can enroll in the program?

Any pregnant woman who:

  • Is less than 28 weeks gestation
  • Will be a first-time mother (first live birth)
  • Meets low income requirements, such as Medicaid or WIC eligible
  • Resides in designated zip codes in Orange County

 For more information on the National Nurse Family Partnership program visit: http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/first-time-moms

There is a magic window during pregnancy...it's a time when desire to be a good mother and raise a healthy, happy child creates motivation to overcome incredible obstacles including poverty, instability or abuse with the help of a well-trained nurse."
David Olds, Ph.D., Founder Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse Family Partnership
  • Bellies, Babies and Beyound

Bellies, Babies and Beyond program is a Healthy Start initiative designed to work with women and their families before, during and after pregnancy, engaging pregnant women and continuing to serve the family through the baby’s second birthday. The program provides health care for women and babies using the Centering® group healthcare models. In addition to Centering® group healthcare, families receive home visitation, case management, health education, perinatal depression screening, reproductive life planning, counseling and male involvement workshops, among other activities, to ensure a healthy pregnancy, birth and developmental outcome.

For detailed information about our Bellies, Babies, and Beyond Program please download our brochure (PDF 534KB).