April 2017
Completing the Healthy Start screening form is valuable for all mothers regardless of age, race or economic status. 

Prenatal Screening Rates* (July 2016 - February 2017)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%  
Citrus County
588/697 = 84%
Hernando County
606/1,073 = 57% 
Lake County
1,728/2,231 = 78% 
Sumter County
240/327 = 73% 
Coalition Total
3,162/4,328 = 73%
State Total
106,030/151,899 = 70%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women
Please note that we expect for the prenatal screening rates to be lower at the beginning of the year because we are trying to catch up with inputting the screens into the data system for the first few months.

Infant Screening Rates** (July 2016 - February 2017)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
Citrus Memorial Health System
281/282 = 99%
Seven Rivers Regional (Crystal River) 158/201 = 79%
Bayfront Health (Spring Hill) 476/612 = 78%
Oak Hill Hospital 48/319 = 15%
Florida Hospital Waterman 326/326 = 100%
Leesburg Regional Medical Center 792/793 = 100%
South Lake Hospital (Clermont) 418/418 = 100%
Coalition Total 3,794/4,328 = 88%
State Total
141,854/151,899 = 93%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
2016 Central Healthy Start Annual Report

The 2016 Central Healthy Start annual reports are completed and have been sent to our state legislators, community partners, Board members and prenatal and postnatal providers.
This year, the annual report showed that there were a total of 5,454 Healthy Start services provided to families with pregnant women and infants in our service area.
There was an estimated 6,329 pregnant women and of them, 4,914 (78%) were assessed for risk factors using the Healthy Start prenatal screen. Of those women who were assessed using the Healthy Start prenatal screen, a total of 2,862 (45%) of them received a Healthy Start service.
There was a total of 4,914 infants born in 2016 and of those infants, 5,754 (91%) of them were assessed for risk factors using the Healthy Start infant screen which is an increase from the 90% in 2015. A total of 2,592 (41%) of those infants received Healthy Start services which an increase from the 33% that received a Healthy Start service in 2015.
We'd like to thank our Healthy Start Service Providers for their hard work in helping all of our moms, babies and families navigate the challenging world of parenthood as well as our prenatal and postnatal providers who made sure to administer the screen to their patients to assess risks and address concerns and ensure that every baby born in 2016 had a HEATHLY START in life!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Throughout the month of April, Central Healthy Start encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making the Central Florida area a better place for children and families.  By ensuring parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.
Research has shown that protective factors are present in families.  Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.  They are:
  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional competence of children
April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families! Everyone's participation in this effort is critical.  Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our area can do to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Source: www.childwelfare.gov  
Coalition Updates
Board Membership
Please contact Heather Hollingsworth if you have someone interested in becoming a Board Director.  We are currently looking for representation from the advocacy and consumer fields.
Date Changes for Upcoming Meetings
Please see the following new dates for our upcoming May and June meetings:
  • Executive Committee meeting - Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Kids Central, Inc., in Wildwood, Florida.
  • Annual meeting - Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Early Learning Coalition of Lake County located in Leesburg, Florida.  We hope to see everyone there
  • SPAC meeting is cancelled.

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Community Liaison Regional Team Meeting
The Community Liaison Regional Team 3 met on Friday, February 3rd to share best practices and strategies between eight Healthy Start Coalitions, covering 13 counties in west-central Florida.

Recap of the Hernando County World's Greatest Baby Sower
Every year several families in Hernando County come to celebrate their new additions at the Annual World's Greatest Baby Shower event. This year, there were over 450 moms, dads and supporting caregivers who attended the event. Every family member who attended received information on the array of free resources available to their family in their own community. The Baby Shower is a fun, educational event for expectant and new parents. Mothers, fathers and all caregivers for the infant learn about child development, newborn care, child safety, healthy lifestyles, early learning, positive parenting and much more!
Attendees also have the opportunity to engage with several community organizations who provide free services to children and families. There are presentations, scavenger hunts, table drawings, games and many door prizes; which are generously donated by community members and local businesses. Every family walks away with a goodie bag full of fun surprises and plenty of education.
To learn more about the Baby Shower, or to participate in next year's event, contact Blaire Peterson.

Upcoming Events

Citrus County's World's Greatest Baby Shower event will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at Cornerstone Church and will be held from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM for Session 1 and 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM for session 2.  This event is for pregnant moms and families with infants 6 months of age or younger.  This is a free event.  For more information, please click here.
Sumter County Baby Shower event will be held on Friday, April 7th at Lake Panasoffkee Recreational Park from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  This event is for pregnant moms and families with infants 6 months and younger.  This is a free educational event on taking care of yourself and your baby.
Central Healthy Start Coalition is proud to be a partner of the community baby shower events happening in Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter counties this year!

The Healthy Start Team

Past President
Lesha Buchbinder
Early Learning Coalition of Lake County
Joelle Aboytes
Department of Children and Families - Circuit 5
Vice President
Terri Mathis
LifeStream Behavioral Health Center
Maria Granado
Lake County Community Health Worker Program
Dana Selfridge
Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando

Esmeralda Batiz
Community Health Centers

Jaclyn Citarella
Mid Florida Community Services

Dee Dixon
Healthy Families Citrus County

Ingrid Ellis
Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast

Phil Scarpelli
Department of Children and Families - State of Florida
Coalition Staff


Issue: 7
Coalition Screening Rates  
2017 Annual Report
Child Abuse Prevention
Coalition Updates
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director

It's already April and that means our next meeting will be the Annual meeting.  Please mark your calendars now as the date has recently changed to Thursday, June 15th and will be held at the Early Learning Coalition in Lake County.  As always, this meeting will run a bit longer than our usual meetings so please plan to be there from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM that day.

Hope everyone has had a great Spring Break and are in the homestretch till summer!  We will see you in June!

Thank you,
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director
Executive Committee
Wed., May 17th,2017
@ 1:00 PM
Kids Central, Inc.*
Service Provider Advisory Council***
Annual Meeting*** Thurs., June 15th, 2017
@ 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Early Learning Coalition of Lake County



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