Healthy Start gets new home

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County's Healthy Start program now has a new home in Panama City.

Friday morning, members of the community gathered to celebrate the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new location on Jenks Avenue.

In July, the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center took over the contract for Healthy Start in Bay County. Officials with Healthy Start say this new partnership has allowed them to expand in ways they couldn't before.

"We are excited to start our new partnership with Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center," said Healthy Start Program Supervisor Stephanie Wood. "With this partnership, we are able to reach a broader audience and provide additional services that may have been unmet in the past. With our prevention techniques and the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center's outreach capabilities, our education and support services will reach even more pregnant women and infants than ever before."

Healthy Start provides services and support to pregnant women and infants up to three years old. All of Healthy Start's services are free and voluntary.