What is Health Start?
Health Start helps women and teens who are pregnant or who have a child under the age of 2. Trained, experienced women (Community Health Workers) who are all mothers themselves, help answer questions about pregnancy and taking care of babies. They help find a doctor if you don’t already have one. The Community Health Workers help you fill out forms and help make appointments for AHCCCS, WIC and other family services. The Community Health Workers help you get ready for labor and delivery. They visit you in your home while you are pregnant and after your baby is born to help you, your baby and other family members to become and stay healthy.
Why is it needed?
Parents want the best for their children. This program works to help make sure that children and their families get all the help they need.
Who is eligible?
You may enroll in the Health Start program if:
- You are pregnant or have a child under the age of 2.
- You live in a neighborhood served by the Health Start program.
- You sign the Health Start consent.
Is there a cost?
No, Health Start is free to families.
What are the goals of the program?
The goal of Health Start is to give your child and family the best chance of success as your child grows and develops.
What has the program achieved?
Yavapai County’s Health Start program has worked to provide education and support to hundreds of families with young children. Women who participate in Health Start get into prenatal care earlier and have fewer low birth weight babies. Children in Health Start families are more often up to date with their shots. Women who join the Health Start program report increased knowledge about nutrition and child development.
Where are the services for the Health Start program available?
Community Health Workers meet with parents at the family home by appointment.
Who do I contact for more information?
Health Start Program
Prescott, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley areas: (928) 442-5478
Verde Valley: (928) 634-6849