Healthy Start

Healthy Start in Laredo, Texas

Healthy Start is a nationally-recognized program of BCFS Health and Human Services that provides medical care and case management for women who are pregnant or raising a child under the age of two for the purpose of reducing infant mortality, preventing child abuse and assisting families in meeting basic health needs (nutrition, housing and psychosocial support).

Since 2001, BCFS HHS’ Healthy Start program has led efforts to decrease disparities in access to maternal and child healthcare by providing community-based medical care and case management services to Colonia residents. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, premature birth, low-birth weight, and shorter gestation periods account for more than 60 percent of infant deaths in the country. High rates of infant mortality are especially prevalent in communities with large minority populations, high rates of unemployment and poverty, and limited access to safe housing and medical providers. Thanks to Healthy Start, more women in Webb County are receiving prenatal care than ever before!

"It’s a very good program that has helped my family a lot in the process of delivering our baby," Carmen Sanchez said after completing her two-week check up after her C-section. “It’s very convenient and I’m grateful that I didn’t have to travel far for my appointments.”

Healthy Start Services:

Women in BCFS HHS' Healthy Start program are seen by a nurse practitioner operating out of the organization's sophisticated mobile medical unit. In addition, they get free transportation to prenatal medical appointments and receive caring, personal attention by our qualified medical staff. Clients also receive outpatient case management services to address their medical, social, financial, educational, legal, housing, parenting and employment needs. Additional services provided include:

  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Prenatal and Postpartum Care
  • Free Well Woman Exams
  • Laboratory and Pharmacy Services
  • Pediatric Services
  • Health and Parenting Education
  • Registration for Medicaid and CHIP
  • Referral Services for Employment
  • Education and Community Programs
  • Case Management Services

Medical Mobile Unit Schedule

Rio Bravo Community Center
1600 Orquidia Ln.
Laredo, Tx. 78046
8:30am - 1:30pm

Highway 359 Self Help Center
8116 Hwy 359
Laredo, Tx. 78043
8:30am -1:30pm

Every other Thursday: Highway 59 Santa Teresita Community Center
15014 Hwy 59
Laredo, Tx. 78040
8:30am – 1:30pm

El Cenizo Community Center
3519 Cecilia Ln.
Laredo, Tx. 78046
8:30am – 1:30pm

The mobile medical unit is not in service on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays