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

Prenatal Screening Rates* (July 2019 - April 2020)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%  
Citrus County
701/907 = 77%
Hernando County
970/1,358 = 71% 
Lake County
2,048/2,856 = 72% 
Sumter County
282/365 = 77% 
Coalition Total
4,001/5,486 = 73%
State Total
117,015/183,176 = 64%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women

Infant Screening Rates** (July 2019 - January 2020)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
Citrus Memorial Health System
365/365 = 100%
Bayfront Health Seven Rivers 215/225 = 96%
Bayfront Health Spring Hill 302/305 = 99%
Oak Hill Hospital 920/920 = 100%
Advent Health Waterman 474/474 = 100%
UF Health Leesburg 806/806 = 100%
South Lake Hospital (Clermont) 472/518 = 91%
Community Birth & Wellness Center 17/17 = 100%
Coalition Total 3,571/3,630 = 98%
State Total
175,800/183,176 = 96%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
Heatstroke Prevention

Sometimes babies are so peaceful and quiet in the backseat that we can forget they are even there, and it can be tempting to leave a sleeping baby in the car so we don't have to wake them up while we quickly run into the store.  But leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke, even in cooler temperatures.

Here's some helpful information and tips for parents about heatstroke prevention for kids.

Hard Facts about Heatstroke
  • On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.  In more than half of these deaths, the caregiver forgot the child was in the car.
  • A car can heat up 19 degrees in just 10 minutes and cracking the window doesn't help.
  • Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than adult's.

Top Tips for Preventing Heatstroke

Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to  ACT.

1.  Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute.  And make sure to keep your car locked when you're not inside so kids don't get in on their own.

2. Create reminders.  Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child's car seat when it's empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.  Or place and secure your phone, briefcase or purse in the backseat when traveling with your child.

3.  Take action.  If you see a child alone in a car, call 911.  Emergency personnel want you to call.  They are trained to respond to these situations.

Source: www.safekids.org/heatstroke
Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week 2020

Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week highlights the importance of ensuring that all children are properly secured in an appropriate car seat or seat belt.  A child's age, weight, and height can all play a factor when determining proper safety harnesses, so it's important to keep up-to-date with all current regulations and suggestions.  

This year, the week of  September 20-26, 2020  is dedicated to bringing awareness about child passenger safety.  Please see the following information on car seat safety tips and share with others!

Car Seat Safety Tips

The best way to keep your child safe in the car is to use the right car seat in the right way.  Here are some car seat safety tips to protect your most precious cargo.

The Facts
  • Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States
  • Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%
  • More than half of car seats are not used or installed correctly
Top Tips about Car Seat Safety

1.  Buying the right car seat.  Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible until 2 or more years.  When your child has outgrown that seat, you are ready for a forward-facing car seat.  Get more details about  buying the right car seat for your child. 

2.  Installing your car seat.  You'll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat.  Both are safe, but don't use them both at the same time.  Once your child is forward facing, it is important to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors.  Get more details about installing your car seat.

3.  Getting the right fit.  A properly-fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child.  Here are more details about getting the  right fit for your child.

4.  When to change your car seat.  Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height and age limits for that seat.  Get details about  when to change your car seat.

Source: www.safekids.org/car-seat

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
Thank You Cathy Timuta and Jack Levine
On behalf of the Coalition, we'd like to thank Cathy Timuta and Jack Levine for joining us on our Zoom annual meeting on Thursday, June 11th.  They helped to facilitate a fruitful discussion on public policy and how we can join together as a collective voice for the children and families in our communities.  We appreciate your willingness to to join us and to help generate some great strategies as we move forward.  

Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Centers in Sumter County
We are pleased to report that our Fall intern, Ashley Deshommes, was able to help the following childcare centers in Sumter County become breastfeeding friendly.

Bullfrogs and Butterflies in Bushnell, Florida
First Steps Child Care Center #2 in Bushnell, Florida
The Keys to Knowledge Learning Academy, Inc., in Bushnell, Florida

Ms. Deshommes worked with these childcare centers to develop a breastfeeding policy that included recommendations from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Florida Health.

2020-2021 Board Officers
Congratulations to our newly elected slate of officers for the 2020-2021 contract year.  We look forward to working with you in your new roles for the Coalition.

Past President - Lesha Buchbinder, ELC of Lake County
President - Dana Selfridge, Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando
Vice President - Joelle Aboytes, Department of Children & Families
Treasurer - Esmeralda Batiz, Community Health Centers
Secretary - Sandra Woodard, ELC of the Nature Coast

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule
The new meeting schedule for the 2020-2021 contract year was presented and approved at our annual meeting on June 11, 2020.  For a copy, please click here.
The Healthy Start Team

Dana Selfridge
Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando
Past President
Lesha Buchbinder Early Learning Coalition of Lake County
Vice President
Joelle Aboytes Department of Children and Families
Esmeralda Batiz
Community Health Centers
Sandra Woodard Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast

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  
Heatstroke Prevention
Child Passenger Safety 2020
Coalition Updates
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director

It's hard to believe that we just wrapped up our 2019-2020 contract year right in the middle of a global pandemic.  These last few months have been unnerving and scary but as expected, we've all continued to work toward the mission and provide crucial services to our mothers and babies during a time when many of them needed us the most.  Thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication to the families that we serve.

We were able to hold our annual meeting virtually this year and I'm happy to report that we had a number of great ideas come out of our discussion that will help us to continue to provide resources to our community just doing so in a different way.  Thank you to everyone who was able to participate.

I hope each of you are able to take some time to relax this summer and spend time with those you love most.  Be safe. Stay healthy.

Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director
CI&R Home Advisory Committee Meeting
Tues, July 9th , 2020
@ 11:00 AM via Zoom

Service Provider Advisory Council Meeting
Thurs., Aug. 6th, 2020
@ 10:00 AM at Kids Central, Inc.*

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

Board Meeting
Thurs., Sept. 3rd, 2020
@ 1:00 PM at TBA

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

Central Healthy Start
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