January 2020
Completing the Healthy Start screening form is valuable for all mothers regardless of age, race or economic status. 

Prenatal Screening Rates* (July 2019 - November 2019)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%  
Citrus County
354/452 = 78%
Hernando County
490/709 = 69% 
Lake County
993/1,520 = 65% 
Sumter County
123/200 = 62% 
Coalition Total
1,960/2,881 = 68%
State Total
56,422/95,694 = 59%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women

Infant Screening Rates** (July 2018 - November 2019)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
Citrus Memorial Health System
186/186 = 100%
Bayfront Health Seven Rivers 108/108 = 100%
Bayfront Health Spring Hill 167/167 = 100%
Oak Hill Hospital 475/475 = 100%
Advent Health 251/251 = 100%
Leesburg Regional Medical Center 485/485 = 100%
South Lake Hospital (Clermont) 276/293 = 94%
Coalition Total 2,807/2,881 = 97%
State Total
91,682/95,964 = 96%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  The theme for 202 0 is "Best for You. Best for Baby."  Not all birth defects can be prevented but women can take certain steps to increase their chances of having a healthy baby by being their healthiest self both before and during pregnancy.  What is best for mom is also best for baby.

Check out the following images showing steps women can take to increase their chances of having a healthy baby.

For more information, please visit  https://www.nbdpn.org/bdpm.php
February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

Preventing Infections During Pregnancy

There are simple steps a woman can take to protect her fetus or newborn from infections that have the potential to cause serious health problems.  The following are a list of those infections:

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
A pregnant woman infected with CMV can pass the virus to her baby during pregnancy.  About one out of every 200 babies is born with congenital CMV infection.  However, only about one in five babies with congenital CMV infection will be sick from the virus or have long-term health problems.

If a woman is pregnant they should know about group B strep (GBS).  About 1 in 4 pregnant women in the United States carry the bacteria that cause GBS disease.  Babies can get very sick and even die if their mothers pass GBS to them during childbirth.  Every pregnant woman should be tested for GBS prior to delivery.  If the test is positive, the pregnant woman will receive an antibiotic during labor to prevent the bacteria from spreading to the baby.
Listeriosis is a rare but serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria called Listeria.  Listeriosis mostly affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.  Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than other people to contract listeriosis.
For information on how a pregnant woman can protect herself while pregnant and can protect her newborn baby, please click here

Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her developing baby during pregnancy.  Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.  Zika often spreads through infected Aedes mosuitoes.  You can also get Zika through unprotected sex (without the use of condom) with someone who has been infected with the Zika virus, even if they do not show any symptoms.

Board Membership
Please contact Heather Hollingsworth if you have someone interested in becoming a Board Director.  We are currently looking for representation from the Community Organization, 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?   https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3119439
Moving Crib Display in Lake County
Thank you to the Early Learning Coalition of Lake County for agreeing to be a host of one of our Moving Crib Displays for the Coalition.

Sumter County World's Greatest Baby Shower
On February 21st, 2020, the Sumter County World's Greatest Baby Shower will be held at the Sumter County Fairgrounds located at 7620 State Road 471, in Bushnell, Florida from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  Expecting parents, parents of infants under 12 months, caregivers and grandparents are all invited to this free event for a chance to win prizes!

Hernando County World's Greatest Baby Shower
On Saturday, March 28th, 2020, the Hernando County World's Greatest Baby Shower will be held at the Nature Coast Technical School located at 4057 California Street in Brooksville, Florida from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  This is a special event for pregnant moms and families with infants under 12 months of age.  Come and hear about community re sources that are available and enter for a chance to win door prizes.

The Healthy Start Team

Lesha Buchbinder
Early Learning Coalition of Lake County
Past President
Joelle Aboytes
Department of Children and Families - Circuit 5
Vice President
Dana Selfridge
Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando
Jaclyn Citarella
Mid Florida Community Services

Esmeralda Batiz
Community Health Centers

Dee Dixon
Healthy Families Citrus County

Maria Granado Lake County Community Health Worker Program

Porcha Green
Healthy Families Lake, Sumter & Marion

Kristen Hopper LifeStream Behavioral Center

Sandra Woodard
Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast

Coalition Screening Rates  
Birth Defects Prevention
Prenatal Infection Prevention
Coalition Updates
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director
G reetings,

It's the year 2020 - a leap year, the 20th year of the 3rd millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, the start of another decade and I'm hopeful it's going to be a great year for Healthy Start!

The legislative session starts early this year on Tuesday, January 20th with Children's Week kicking off on Sunday, January 26th at the Capitol Rotunda.  So far, it looks as though Healthy Start funding should remain the same this fiscal year (Healthy Start funding remained the same in the Governor's budget that was released to the public on November 18, 2019).  Our legislative visits have been very positive thus far and we're hopeful we'll avoid any surprises this legislative session.

Cheers to another year of helping our youngest population in Florida have a Healthy Start in life!

Happy New Year!
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director
Care Coordinator Meeting
Thurs., Jan. 9, 2020
@ 9:00 AM at Kids Central, Inc.

CI&R Home Advisory Committee Meeting
Thurs, Jan. 9 , 2020
@ 11:00 AM at Kids Central, Inc.

Service Provider Advisory Council Meeting
Thurs., Feb. 6th, 2020
@ 11:00 AM at Kids Central, Inc.

Executive Committee Meeting
Thurs., Feb. 6th, 2020
@ 1:00 PM at Kids Central, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting
Thurs., Mar. 5th, 2020
@ 1:00 PM Kids Central, Inc.

Kid's Central, Inc. is located at 901 Industrial Drive, Suite 200 in Wildwood, Florida

Central Healthy Start
1785 NW 80th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606
P: 352-313-6500 | F: 352-313-6515 | www.CentralHealthyStart.org