July 2019
Completing the Healthy Start screening form is valuable for all mothers regardless of age, race or economic status. 

Prenatal Screening Rates* (July 2018 - April 2019)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%  
Citrus County
686/848 = 81%
Hernando County
861/1,325 = 65% 
Lake County
2,354/2,830 = 83% 
Sumter County
281/424 = 66% 
Coalition Total
4,182/5,427 = 77%
State Total
128,214/185,136 = 69%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women

Infant Screening Rates** (July 2018 - April 2019)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
Citrus Memorial Health System
347/348 = 99%
Bayfront Health Seven Rivers 215/215 = 100%
Bayfront Health Spring Hill 307/309 = 99%
Oak Hill Hospital 856/856 = 100%
Advent Health 479/479 = 100%
Leesburg Regional Medical Center 764/764 = 100%
South Lake Hospital (Clermont) 510/541 = 94%
Coalition Total 5,310/5,427 = 98%
State Total
178,716/185,136 = 97%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
Why Breastfeeding Matters

Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for most infants.  It can also reduce the risk of some short- and long-term health conditions for both infants and mothers.

Most mothers want to breastfeed but stop early due to lack of ongoing support.  Certain factors make the difference in whether and how long infants are breastfed.  

Why Do Mothers Stop Breastfeeding Early?

60% of mothers do not breastfeed for as long as they intend to.  How long a mothers breastfeeds her baby (duration) is influenced by many factors including:
  • Issues with lactation and latching
  • Concerns about infant nutrition and weight
  • Mother's concern about taking medications while breastfeeding
  • Unsupportive work policies and lack of parental leave
  • Cultural norms and/or lack of family support
  • Unsupportive hospital practices and polices
Breastfeeding Disparities Exist.
  • Fewer non-Hispanic black infants (69.4%) are ever breastfed compared with non-Hispanic white infants (85.9%) and Hispanic infants (84.6%).
  • Infants eligible for and receiving the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are less likely to ever be breastfed (76.7%) than infants eligible, but not receiving WIC (83.3%), and infants ineligible for WIC (91.7%).
  • Younger mothers (aged 20 to 29 years) are less likely to ever breastfeed (80.4%) than mothers aged 30 years or older (85.3%).

To check out the Breastfeeding Report Card for 2018, please  click here.
Source: https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding
2019 Florida Kids Count Profile

According to the press release sent out with the 30th KIDS COUNT Data Book, Florida is now home to 1,213,176 more children than it had in 1990, and population projections show this number increasing by an additional 1.1 million by 2045.  This growth in our younger population will demand greater investments in state resources for children so they have what they need to lead healthy and successful lives.

Florida's overall rank of 37th, compared to our ranking last year of 34th, shows the state is not moving in the right direction.  The 2019 Data Book shows more than 800,000 Florida children live in poverty and that serious racial and ethnic disparities continue to exist.   

To check out the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book, please click here.

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.
Welcome Porcha Green
Please join me in welcoming our newest Board Director, Procha Green.  Procha is the Program Manager for Healthy Families in Lake, Sumter and Marion  We are excited to have her on our team and look forward to working with her in the future!

2019-2020 Slate of Officers
Please join me in congratulating our 2019-2020 slate of officers for Central Healthy Start!  We appreciate your willingness to serve on our Executive Committee for the upcoming contract year!

Past President - Joelle Aboytes
President - Lesha Buchbinder
Vice President - Dana Selfridge
Secretary - Ingrid Schaper
Treasurer - Esmeralda Batiz

Upcoming Events for National Breastfeeding Month
Advent Health Waterman Big Latch On Event
Date: Friday, August 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Location: Advent Health Waterman - Center for Women & Children

The Leesburg Regional Medical Center Global Big Latch On Event
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Location: Leesburg Regional Medical Center (2nd Floor)

Big Latch On Event at Department of Health in Pasco County (Citrus & Hernando County Residents Welcome)
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM until 12:00 PM
Location: Florida Department of Health in Hudson, Florida

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?
2019 Citrus County Baby Shower
The Citrus County Baby Shower took place on April 16, 2019 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM (1st session) and 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM (2nd session) at Cornerstone Church in Inverness, Florida.  There were 162 registered mothers, 462 total attendees and 33 partner agencies that participated int he event.

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
Ingrid Schaper
Early Learning Coalition of he Nature Coast

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

Coalition Screening Rates  
Breastfeeding Awareness
Florida Kids Count Profile
Coalition Updates
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director


It's summertime in Florida and it's hot out there!  I hope you get the chance to do something fun with those you love most!
This year brought big changes for Healthy Start.  On July 1st 2018 we started our Connect program, and on March 1st the new Healthy Start services rolled out.  Change can be challenging and I'm very grateful to our Healthy Start Coalition (direct services providers and members) for hanging in there and pressing forward.  We have continued to work very hard for the mothers and babies who need us most!
Our annual meeting was very fruitful with great discussions and ideas on how we can make an even greater impact on the pregnant women and families in our service area.  Thank you to everyone who participated!
We look forward to seeing you at our next Board of Directors meeting in September!
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director
Care Coordinator Meeting
Wed., July 10th, 2019
@ 9:00 AM at Langley Health Services

CI&R Home Advisory Committee Meeting
Wed., July 10th, 2019
@ 11:00 AM at Langley Health Services

Service Provider Advisory Council Meeting
Thurs., August 1st, 2019
@ 10:00 AM at Kids Central, Inc.

Executive Committee Meeting
Thurs., August 1st, 2019
@ 1:00 PM at Kids Central, Inc.

Board of Directors Meeting
Thurs., Sept. 5th, 2019
@ 1:00 PM Kids Central, Inc.

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

Langley Health Services is located at South US  301 in Sumterville, Florida


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