Sarasota County Health Department - Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a program that screens pregnant women and newborn babies to identify risk factors for low birth weight and infant mortality. Healthy Start is free and available to everyone regardless of income. A team of nurses, social workers, and peer counselors assist families in finding out their needs. Classes are in English and Spanish. No appointment is needed.


  • Childbirth and Breastfeeding Education
  • Counseling
  • Parenting Support
  • Smoking Cessation Services

Service Location: 

1750 17th Street, Building E, Sarasota, FL, 34234


Sarasota County Health Department


Sarasota County Health Department provides a range of health services. The cost of service depends on your ability to pay. Some services are always free. Other services may require you to pay if you have the ability. Your ability to pay is determined by the Eligibility office. Please visit SCHD website for Costs & Eligibility. Services are available to anyone (no eligibility requirements, though some require financial screening and/or fees for services):

  • Birth Control (contraceptives)
  • Childhood Immunizations (vaccinations)
  • Family Planning
  • Immunizations for foreign travel
  • Medical Services
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing, treatment and counseling

Other services are available only to persons determined to be eligible.


2200 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34237