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

Prenatal Screening Rates* (July 2016 - November 2016)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%  
Citrus County
376/460 = 82%
Hernando County
369/685 = 54% 
Lake County
999/1,407 = 71% 
Sumter County
153/191 = 80% 
Coalition Total
1,897/2,743 = 69%
State Total
62,942/97,123 = 65%
* 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 - November 2016)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
Citrus Memorial Health System
180/181 = 99%
Seven Rivers Regional (Crystal River) 112/133 = 84%
Bayfront Health (Spring Hill) 311/408 = 76%
Oak Hill Hospital 4/200 = 2%
Florida Hospital Waterman 208/208 = 100%
Leesburg Regional Medical Center 485/485 = 100%
South Lake Hospital (Clermont) 255/255 = 100%
Coalition Total 2,384/2,743 = 87%
State Total
90,728/97,123 = 93%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
Healthy Start Bulletin

The most recent edition of the Healthy Start bulletin features topics such as Birth Spacing; Gestational Diabetes; Coping with Crying; Questions About Breastfeeding; Birth Plan; Daddy Time - How to Change a Diaper; Be Safe: In Your Home; and more.
If you would like copies to distribute to potential Healthy Start participants, please contact our Provider Liaison, Myschelle Baker.
Check below for a sample of the information you will find in the summer edition of the Healthy Start bulletin.
Coping with Crying
Babies cry for many reasons.  Here are some tips for soothing or calming your baby:
  • Check for basic needs such as hunger or a dirty diaper
  • Check if baby is too hot, too cold or un uncomfortable clothing
  • Offer a pacifier (if more than 4 weeks of latching has been established with breastfeeding moms)
  • Hold baby close to your chest and walk or rock baby
  • Sing or hum to baby
  • Take baby for a walk in a stroller or a ride in the car
  • Place baby in a safe place.  Check on baby every 5 to 10 minutes to make sure baby is all right.  As long as your baby is safe, crying will not hurt them.
Never, never shake your baby - even one second can harm baby's brain for life!  If you become frustrated, do not take it out on your baby.  Don't be afraid to call someone in your support system or your Healthy Start Care Coordinator and ask for help.
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
Every 4 1/2 minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States.  They are the leading cause of death among U.S. infants, accounting for approximately 20% of mortality in the first year of life.  In addition, babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long term disability than babies without birth defects.  January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur in the U.S. and of the steps that can be taken to prevent them.  While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are things women can do to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.
  • Be fit.  Eat a healthy diet and work towards a healthy weight before pregnancy.
  • Be healthy.  Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs.  Be sure to consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during early pregnancy.  Work to get health conditions, like diabetes, in control before becoming pregnant.
  • Be wise.  Visit a healthcare professional regularly.  Consult with your healthcare provider about any medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary or herbal supplements, before taking them.


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.
Community Liaison Regional Team Meeting
The Community Liaison Regional Team 3 met on Wednesday, November 30th to share best practices and strategies between eight Healthy Start Coalitions, covering 13 counties in west-central Florida.

Upcoming Events
Hernando County's World's Greatest Baby Shower event will be held on Saturday, February 18th at the Hernando County Fairgrounds and will be held from 10:00 AM through 1:00 PM for pregnant moms and families with infants under 12 months.  This is a free event.

Citrus County World's Greatest Baby Shower event will be held on Tuesday, April 18th.  More details will follow in the April 2017 edition of the e-newsletter.

Thank you Staywell Health Plans  
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!

Thank you to Staywell Health Plans for their continued support as a Gold Sponsor of every baby shower event throughout central Florida!

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: 6
Coalition Screening Rates  
Healthy Start Bulletin
Birth Defects Prevention
Coalition Updates
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director

Happy New Year!  We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with memory making moments that will stay with them for a lifetime!

We are already hard at work here at the Coalition office to make 2017 another great year for Healthy Start!

We look forward to seeing everyone in March for our next Board of Directors meeting.

Thank you,
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director
Executive Committee
Thursday, February 2,2017
@ 1:00 PM
Kids Central, Inc.*
Service Provider Advisory Council
Thursday, March 2, 2017
@ 12:00 PM
Kids Central, Inc.*
Board of Directors Thursday, March 2, 2017
@ 1:00 PM
Kids Central, Inc.*
*Please note that our meeting location has changed.  We will now be meeting in the new Kids Central, Inc. building located at 901 Industrial Drive, Suite 200 in Wildwood, Florida.  We have outgrown the space at Langley Health Services and needed something larger to accommodate our growing Coalition membership.



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