Healthy Families Pinellas
FL Dept of Health in Pinellas - Main Contact Information - Phone Available 24 hrs/day
Modeled after the highly successful Hawaii Healthy Start program and part of a National Network of Healthy Families America (HFA) sites, this intensive home visiting and family support program has been in operation since 1992.
Serving families countywide with 11 home visiting teams, the program focuses on educating and supporting families to be the best parents they can be. The program are the instructions that didn’t come with your baby that everyone could benefit from. We work with families from pregnancy until the child is linked to the school system (up to age 5).
Home visitors will help you identify and reach your individual and family life goals.
The program offers enhanced services provided by specialty staff including nurses, mental health counselors, father services specialists, and a resource specialist as part of the team. Fathers are encouraged to participate too! The program uses the “Growing Great Kids” curriculum which is an interactive fun way to provide activities for the parents with their child(ren).
Help your child be ready for kindergarten!
The Pinellas site is the largest HFA single site in the nation, serving over 1,500 families per year. The Florida legislature passed a State Initiative in 1998 that enabled the program to expand statewide and this effort is known as Healthy Families Florida.
Funding from the Florida Department of Health, Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, and Healthy Families Florida support the program countywide. Collaborative partners include Bayfront Health, Morton Plant Mease Hospitals, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Suncoast Center.