Healthy Start

In 1991, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funded 15 urban and rural sites in communities with infant mortality rates that were 1.5 – 2.5 times the national average to begin the Healthy Start Initiative. The program began with a five-year demonstration phase to identify and develop community-based systems approaches to reducing infant mortality by 50% over the five-year period and to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and their families.

Currently, there are 100 federally-funded Healthy Start projects located in the United States, and five main types of Healthy Start grants: Perinatal Health, Border Health, Interconceptional Care, Perinatal Depression and Family Violence. There are currently four Healthy Start programs In Oklahoma.

By joining Healthy Start you will be introduced to your very own coordinator that will follow you through your pregnancy. They can assist with anything you need help with whether it be insurance, finding a OBGYN, transportation assistance, social service assistance or just a support person to listen to you if you need to talk. You will receive many educational experiences to help prepare you for the birth of your new baby. We recognize the importance of dads and encourage them to be an active part if the program.

We recognize the importance of dads and encourage them to join and be an active part of the fatherhood program.  This will give them the opportunity to join Dad only training’s. This will also give dads a one on one experience with a fatherhood coordinator.

You will also have the opportunity to be your child’s best advocate by becoming involved in the Community Action Network. The CAN works to better educate and address the real issues focused around the communities we serve.

The more involved you become in the program will allow you to receive additional benefits such as more parent bucks to spend in the incentive store. (where you are able to purchase new items that you may want or need for you and the baby). You will also receive that personal one on one interaction with the care coordinator. If any problem arises (pregnancy problem or not) you will get quick, accurate assistance. Alter your baby arrives you will receive books to read to your baby. You will also receive regular one on one developmental screenings and guidance for your little one. We will work to help you understand when and why your baby is doing the things they do.
Becoming a part of Healthy Start is easy. It is a free voluntary program and there is only one requirement, you must be pregnant. No applications to fill out and no income requirements.

Contact us today to help give your baby a Healthy Start. (580)326-6441.

Help Raise Awareness

Child Abuse Prevention Month is April
National Infant Mortality Month is September
SIDS Awareness Month is October

What is Healthy Start?

Having a baby is exciting…and stressful.

Let us help:

  • Healthy Start is here to support you and your family.
  • You work with a care coordinator who can help you find community programs that are right for you.
  • Together you and your coordinator will set goals and develop a “Plan of care”

Healthy Start Services

LIFT CAA’s Health Start services include before and after care for new mothers.

  • Assistance applying for services (Sooner Care, WIC, medical services )
  • Assistance locating community resources
  • Develop a Reproductive Life Plan
  • Screen for Post-Partum Depression
  • Ages and Stages Developmental Screens (on Baby)
  • Provide educational information throughout pregnancy

Healthy Start Locations

Hugo Healthy Start
104 N E Street
Hugo, OK. 74743

Antlers Healthy Start
603 SW B Street
Antlers, OK  74523

Idabel Healthy Start
312 NW Texas
Idabel, OK 74745

Broken Bow Healthy Start
300  Broadway
Broken Bow, OK 74728

Atoka Healthy Start
371 West 10th Street
Atoka, OK 74525

Clayton Healthy Start
1301 Pine Street
Clayton, OK 74536

Meet the Staff

Care Coordinators or Outreach Liaison

Hugo Healthy Start

Dina Bell

Jennifer Jackson

Jayleigh Nelms-Outreach Liaison

Jimmie Lynn Short

Kelli White

Idabel Healthy Start

Makayla Earley

Kathryn Tisho

Broken Bow Healthy Start

Misty Burleson

Antlers Healthy Start

Jennifer Otey

Clayton Healthy Start

Ashley Breymaier

Atoka Healthy Start

Amanda Brown


David Jobe


Care Coordinator Manager

Ashley Staggs
Hugo Healthy Start
104 N E Street
Hugo, Ok. 74743

Project Director

Pam Waugh
Hugo Healthy Start
104 N E Street
Hugo, Ok. 74743

Our Main Supports

Healthy Start Supporter - CDC

Healthy Start Supporter - Sprouts

Healthy Start Supporter - March of Dimes

Healthy Start Supporter - National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

* This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under HC49MC27826, Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities, $625,000. This information or content are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA or the U.S. Government.