Chipola Healthy Start Coalition

Our Story

We are a community based, non-profit organization focused on improving the health and well being of pregnant women, their infants and children. Chipola Healthy Start is one of 32 coalitions throughout Florida established in 1991 to implement the provisions of Florida’s Healthy Start legislation. Our membership consists of community-based organizations and individuals interested in improving maternal and child health outcomes. The Coalition coordinates a system of care that guarantees all women have access to services that promote optimal growth and development.

The key functions of the Healthy Start Coalition are to:

  1. Conduct community assessment,
  2. Develop community-level strategic plans to address maternal and child health issues that come from the assessment,
  3. Allocate funds received from the state of Florida and private sources to provide the best services available for pregnant women and infants up to the age of three, and
  4. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the services for which the providers are paid.

The Coalition’s key functions are linked to each county’s health indicators. Health indicators are statistics that measure the health and well-being of the residents of Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties. The health of a community is gauged by the number of low birth weight babies and infant deaths. You will find your county health indicators that define our community’s health status on

Chipola Healthy Start also encourages you to read our latest publications for up-to-date health statistics to learn more about your community. This information helps to guide future strategies to improve the well-being of mothers, babies and families. Once you become familiar with our successes and the areas needing improvement, we invite you to think about how you can help your community to achieve our vision and improve the community in which you live.

Our Team

Theresa Harrison
Executive Director

Janai Groomes
Program Director

Angela Schneckloth
Coordinated Intake & Referral Specialist

Board of Directors

Chephus Granberry
Chair, Jackson County

Jenny Hill
Vice-Chair, Calhoun County

Judy Corbus
Treasurer, Washington County

Jeff McSpaddin
Liberty County

Hannah Causseaux
Liberty County

Holmes County

Cyndi Jackson
Holmes County

Washington County

Melissa Chamberlain
Calhoun County

Chuck Hudson

Chipola Healthy Start Programs

Calhoun & Liberty Counties

Program Manager: Marissa Barfield
Care Coordinators: Yolanda Cooper, Katrina Sims, Lorenza Johnson
Address: 19611 SR 20 West, Blountstown, FL 32424
Phone: (850) 674-5645
Fax: (850) 674-5420
Address: 10971 NW Spring St, Bristol, FL 32321
Phone: (850) 643-2292
Fax: (850) 643-2306

Holmes & Washington Counties

Program Manager: Valery Lawton
Care Coordinators: Gina Devin, Nisheka Watford, Amanda Shull
Holmes :
Address: 683 Scenic Hill Drive, Bonifay, FL 32425
Phone: (850) 547-8500
Fax: (850) 547-8515
Address: 1338 South Blvd, Chipley, FL 32428
Phone: (850) 638-6240
Fax: (850) 415-5010

Jackson County

Program Manager: David Taylor
Care Coordinators: Teresa Robbins, Ashley Allen, Angie Cozart
Address: 2944 Penn Ave, Suite J, Marianna, FL 32448
Phone: (850) 526-3002
Fax: (850) 526-3004