The Health and Hope Clinic in Century closed and moved out of the county-owned building at 501 Church Street last fall. Now, the Century Healthy Start location will expand from next door at 511 Church Street to the former Health and Hope building, which Healthy Start will lease for $1 per year from the county.
“Great things are happening in Century,” Healthy Start Century Office Manager Laura Nelson said. “We are going to do so much more from the new building and continue help more and more women and children in Century.”
Each month, the Women, Infant and Children nutrition program (WIC) is currently seeming over 120 clients — preganant women and children up to age five. When the current Healthy Start location opened in Century, WIC planned to be in Century just one Tuesday per month. In August, they increased to two times month, resulting in the increase of over 30 clients.
Healthy Start nurses and social workers see pregnant women and parents of children up to age 3 at the Century Healthy Start clinic, often in conjunction with a WIC appointment, to provide them with education and support services including parenting, smoking cessation, and referrals to other community agencies for substance abuse treatment, nutrition counseling, and other critical services.
Jay pediatrician Dr. Marian Stewart will begin providing pediatric services the third Wednesday of every month beginning January 20 at the Century Healthy Start location. Patients can call Jay office at (850) 675-4546 now for an appointment.
Through a grant the Healthy Start Coalition received from the March of Dimes, the Coalition partnered with the OB residency program at the University of Florida (formerly with FSU), to provide prenatal and interconception care beginning in February.
In addition, Nelson is onsite daily to provide walk-ins with information on food bank assistance, and to assist clients with accessing needed services online. For more information, call Nelson at (850) 619-1469.
Healthy Start plans to move into their new, larger location in early February.