Winter 2018- In This Issue:
Celebration of Motherhood 2018 registration available

Join the Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County on Wednesday, May 9th, from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM for our annual Celebration of Motherhood event honoring mothers and families in Orange County, Florida. Click here to register

Event Details:

Where: Leu Gardens - 1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
Cost: Single $45 ($35 before 4/1) | Table Sponsors Welcomed 
Includes: Seat & Plated Breakfast
The Senate Healthcare Appropriations Committee budget cuts the State of Florida's Healthy Start funding by a total of $19 million in funding from AHCA and DOH. 

This represents a 29% cut to the overall Healthy Start budget and could collapse the program responsible for the system of care in every community for at-risk pregnant women and infants.

(click the link for more information and details)
Thank you for all who participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade with the Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County on Saturday, January 13th, in downtown Orlando.

Orlando Health Awards $12,500 for KIIS Grant

The unexpected devastation caused by Hurricane Maria to the island of Puerto Rico has extended well beyond the island's borders. It has been well publicized that citizens of the island have begun to leave and approximately 200,000 or more are expected to enter the Central Florida community. Many evacuees will join family and friends in Orange County but they will bring little to no necessary personal items or supplies. It is also doubtful their families and friends will be prepared to meet all their basic needs.

The Healthy Start Coalition was awarded $12,500 to provide infant safety items for evacuee families: pack-n-plays and infant car seats. For the expected influx of pregnant Puerto Rican women and young children, having access to and education about child auto-safety restraints has the potential to prevent major injury and loss of life. 

If you or someone you know evacuated from Puerto Rico or other island due to Hurricane Maria and are in need of a car seat or pack-n-play, contact Healthy Start at 407-858-1472. Applicants must be a pregnant woman or family with a child birth-3, be a Caribbean island evacuee due to Hurricane Maria, and be a Healthy Start client or enroll in the program.

For a KIIS flyer in English and Spanish,  click here .
Recognizing Top Screening Providers in Orange County

Each year at Healthy Start's Annual Meeting in December, awards are issued to top screening providers and community partners. This year, select provider staff were awarded as "Most Valuable Players" as well. This opportunity allows Healthy Start to recognize those providers who are in compliance with Florida Statutes of screening every prenatal and postnatal patient. In addition, top screening providers reflect understanding of the purpose and importance of the screening form by ensuring their patients complete it, their risk is assessed and an appropriate referral is made to Healthy Start. To all of those who were recognized at our Annual Meeting and many others who weren't, we give you a big thank you! We really appreciate all that you do and want you to know that you are helping make a difference in the lives of the families we serve. Every baby deserves a healthy start!
Award recipients pictured from left to right: Vladimir Cherfrere, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies - Outstanding Postnatal Screening; Fran Lopez, Women's Care Florida Delaney OB/GYN - Most Valuable Player; Dwanika Walker, Community Health Centers - Outstanding Community-Based Prenatal Screening; Chandra Ramserran, Winter Park Memorial Hospital - Most Valuable Player; Barbara Decker & Kenneth Aldridge, Rosen Hotels & Resorts - Community Partner Award; Cheryl Hankins, Winnie Palmer High Risk OB/GYN - Most Valuable Player; Dr. Maegan Lubbers, Prime OB/GYN - Outstanding Prenatal Screening

Not pictured:
Florida Department of Health - Orange - Outstanding Healthy Start Community-Based Prenatal Screening Award; Women's Care Florida Winter Park OB/GYN - Outstanding Prenatal Screening
The 2016-2017 Fiscal Year of Healthy Start, In Review 

Before the close of the 2017 calendar year, Healthy Start completed its Annual Accomplishments publication detailing noteworthy happenings for the fiscal year. The publication includes a note regarding our 25 years of service, a fiscal report, and list of community partners. 

To view the publication,  click here
Pregnant women with Zika or families with infants with congenital Zika syndrome can receive free mental health counseling services. 

Living with a Zika diagnosis can be difficult, but you don't have to shoulder the burden alone. Healthy Start is available to offer support.

To begin counseling services contact one of the following providers. Indicate that Healthy Start has referred you to receive Zika counseling.

Aspire Health Partners | Judy Charuhas | (407) 875-3700, Ext. 6129

Lutheran Counseling Services | (407) 644-4692

Sparks, Collins, Herbert, Tercero, and Jones Elected to Healthy Start Board

At the December Annual Meeting, the Healthy Start Coalition elected 5 new Board members who began their two-year term in service to the mothers and babies of our county. They are:

Christina Sparks, Consumer
Heather Collins, Florida Hospital
Joan Hebert, Winnie Palmer Hospital
Jimmy Tercero, Caregiver Services, Inc
Candice W Jones, MD FAAP, Princeton Pediatrics

Bowling for Babies 2017 - Left to Right - L. Sutherland - P. Smith
Congratulations to our Healthy Start Program Manager, Penny Smith, for 30 years of service to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County! Penny has spent the past 25 years with Healthy Start, first as the Community Liaison ensuring OB providers were trained on the Healthy Start prenatal screen, then as a staff supervisor and ultimately as program manager. Her passion for maternal-child health is evident not only in the countless (i.e. unpaid) hours she spends in the office, at home and at activities throughout the county but especially in ensuring our HS program excels in providing services and meeting our performance measures.    Read More
Satisfaction Reviews Within Top Percentile for All Areas

The Healthy Start Care Coordination Performance Measures from July 1 - December 31 reveals great news for our program. For all performance measures, the care coordination team received high ratings with all program participants indicating their overall experience as "satisfactory or excellent." Great Job!!!

The Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. 

All donations go towards ensuring every baby has a healthy start. 
Thank  you for your contribution. 

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