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    Health Start

    What is the Health Start Program?

    A team of community health workers that provide education, support, and advocacy services to pregnant and postpartum women and their families. Health Start is funded through the Arizona Department of Health Services and is provided at no charge for eligible families. 

    How We Help

    • Pregnant women are connected to prenatal care providers and receive on-going education about the development of their baby.
    • Families receive home visits and support for enrolled children up to two years of age. 
    • Parents are educated about child development, immunizations, home and vehicle safety. 
    • Children are screened to help identify potential developmental delays and referred to an appropriate provider. 

    Interested in learning more about Health Start? Find a location near you in the "Locations" tab below.

    Additional Pima County Health Department Services

    Family Support - Connecting families with parenting assistance at no cost
    New Moms - Providing support for first-time pregnant women
    Child Immunizations - For children in need of vaccinations
    Nutritional Education - Nutritional food vouchers 
    Breastfeeding Education and Support -  Provides encouragement and support
    Birth Control - Women's health and family planning

    Program Benefits

    To address health, environmental and stress factors that can impact birth outcomes and the development of infants and children. 

    Low birth weight babies are 40 times more likely to die in the first month of life, and are at greater risk for long-term health and developmental problems. Research indicates that infants born to women with no prenatal care are 16 times more likely to die in the first month of life than babies of women who had more than five prenatal visits. 

    Program Goals

    • To prevent low birth weight in infants
    • Increase care for high-risk pregnant women
    • To ensure that every program child is appropriately immunized and has a medical home
    • To provide health education to pregnant/postpartum women and their families on topics ranging from prenatal care, parenting, preconception/interconception health, breast feeding and well childcare to safety, and other issues
    • To screen for early identification of developmental delays and make appropriate referrals for treatment

    Locations

    East Office
    Phone: (520) 724-9650
    6920 E. Broadway, Suite E
    Tucson, AZ 85710

    North Office
    Phone: (520) 724-2850
    3550 N. 1st Ave.
    Tucson, AZ 85719

    South Office
    Phone: (520) 724-5300
    175 W. Irvington Road
    Tucson, AZ 85714

    Ajo Office
    Phone: (520) 387-7206
    120 Estrella
    Ajo, AZ 85321

    Green Valley Office
    Phone: (520) 648-1626
    Green Valley, AZ 85614


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    3950 S. Country Club Road
    Ste. 100
    Tucson, AZ 85714

    (520) 724-7770

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