January 2018
Completing the Healthy Start screening form is valuable for all mothers regardless of age, race or economic status. 

Prenatal Screening Rates* (July 2017 - November 2017)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%  
Citrus County
367/509 = 72%
Hernando County
376/690 = 55% 
Lake County
1,045/1,412 = 74% 
Sumter County
125/193 = 65% 
Coalition Total
1,913/2,804 = 68%
State Total
60,921/97,471 = 63%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women

Infant Screening Rates** (June 2017 - November 2017)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
Citrus Memorial Health System
208/208 = 100%
Seven Rivers Regional (Crystal River) 127/141 = 90%
Bayfront Health (Spring Hill) 227/227 = 100%
Oak Hill Hospital 367/397 = 92%
Florida Hospital Waterman 224/224 = 100%
Leesburg Regional Medical Center 458/458 = 100%
South Lake Hospital (Clermont) 252/252 = 100%
Coalition Total 2,711/2,804 = 97%
State Total
92,241/97,471 = 95%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Each January the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raises awareness among woman an families on actions they can take to help have a healthy baby.  January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects.  Thanks to ongoing medical advances, children born with birth defects are living longer.  These children an their families still need help.  They often need specialized treatment, continued care, and strong social support to improve their overall quality of life.
Coalition Spotlight: Celebrating 25 Years of Healthy Start

 Advanced OBGYN
 Bayfront NICU
 Bayfront Hospital
 Citrus Memorial
Citrus Memorial
Crystal River Women's Health Center 
Dr. Wendell Courtney 
Genesis Women's Center 
Genesis Women's Center 
Healthy Choice 
Healthy Women 
Hernando County Healthy Start Team 
Central Healthy Start Coalition Members 
South Lake OBGYN 
Women's Center for Excellence

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 categories.
CHS is on AmazonSmile
Did you know that you can donate to Central Healthy Start just by shopping on Amazon?  Want to know how?  Just use the following link and continue to shop as you normally would.  For every purchase made using this link, Amazon will donate a percentage to the Coalition at no additional cost to you.  How cool is that?
Lake County World's Greatest Baby Shower Event
The World's Greatest Baby Shower event for Lake County was held on Tuesday, October 24th at ViaPort in Leesburg, Florida.  There were two sessions held with session A starting at 2:00 PM and running until 4:00 PM and session B starting at 5:30 PM and running until 7:30 PM.  The event was a great success even though it had to be rescheduled due to the effects of Hurricane Irma in our area.  There was a great turnout with a lot of interest from the community.
2018 Hernando County World's Greatest Baby Shower
The Hernando County World's Greatest Baby Shower will be held on Saturday, February 24th at the Nature Coast Technical School located at 4057 California Street, in Brooksville, Florida.  The shower will be held from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  This is a free event for expectant mothers and parents of infants under 6 months of age.
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
Jaclyn Citarella
Mid Florida Community Services
Dana Selfridge
Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando

Esmeralda Batiz
Community Health Centers

Maria Granado
Lake County Community Health Worker Program

Dee Dixon
Healthy Families Citrus County

Ingrid Ellis
Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast

Coalition Staff


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Coalition Screening Rates  
Birth Defects Prevention
Coalition Spotlight
Coalition Updates
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter and rest!

We are already hard at work here at the Coalition office to make 2018 another great year!

We will see everyone at our next Board of Directors meeting in March.

Thank you,
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director
Coordinated Intake & Referral
Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018
@ 11:00 AM
Kids Central, Inc.

Executive Committee
Thurs., Feb. 1, 2018
@ 1:00 PM  Kids Central, Inc.

Service Provider Advisory Council
Thurs., Mar. 1, 2018
@ 10:00 AM
Kids Central, Inc.

Coordinated Intake & Referral
Thurs., Mar. 1, 2018
@ 11:00 AM
Kids Central, Inc.
Board of Directors Meeting
Thurs.,  Mar. 1st, 2018
@ 1:00 PM
Kids Central, Inc.
Kid's Central, Inc. is located at 901 Industrial Drive, Suite 200 in Wildwood, FL.



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