July 2020
Coalition Screening Rates

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%
1,787/2,296 = 78%
171/249  = 69%
553/633 = 87%
112/141 = 79%
99/164 = 60%
104/142 = 73%
37/47 = 79%
242/345 = 70%
2,397/2,972 = 81%
486/703 = 69%
279/392 = 71%
88/129 = 68%
Coalition Total
6,355/8,213 = 77%
State Total
117,015/183,176 = 64%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women
Infant Screening Rates** (July 2019 - April 2020)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
The Women's Center at North Florida
2,673/2,676 = 99%
UF Health at Shands 1,708/2,040 = 84%
The Birth Center at Comprehensive Women's Group 41/42 = 98%
Birth and Wellness Center of Gainesville
9/9 = 100%
Shands at Lakeshore 413/445 = 93%
Advent Health of Ocala 1,907/1,907 = 100%
The Ocala Birth Center 22/22= 100%
Loving Arms Birth & Wellness Center 10/12 = 83%
Putnam Birth and Beyond
1/1 = 100%
Putnam Community Medical Center 180/180 = 100%
Coalition Total
6,964/7,334 = 95%
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
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 all three categories: community; advocacy and consumer.

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.

President - Roseann Fricks, ELC of Marion County
Vice President - Sharon Surrency, Partnership for Strong Families
Treasurer - Cathy Winfrey, Healthy Families ACUB
Secretary - Lauren Pierson, Suwannee River Area Health Education Center

Best Wishes to  Mary Peoples-Sheps
Please join me in wishing Dr. Peoples-Sheps best wishes as she has resigned from her position on the Board of Directors and has moved to a new home in North Carolina.  She will be dearly missed but we are so happy for her and this new adventure.  Please come back and visit us when you are are in town, Mary!

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 18th.  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.  

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule
The new meeting schedule for the 2020-2021 contract year was presented and approved at our annual meeting on June 18, 2020.  For a copy, please click here.

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The Healthy Start Team

Roseann Fricks
ELC of Marion County
Vice President
Sharon Surrency Partnership for Strong Families
Cathy Winfrey
Healthy Families ACUB
Lauren Pierson
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center

Ann-Marie Fenn

Chris Schreier Gainesville Pediatric Associates

Deepthi Varma
University of Florida, Epidemiology Department

Cassandra Young
UF Health at Shands

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

North CI&R HVAC Mtg
Thurs, July 16th @ 11:00 AM
Zoom Meeting

Service Provider Council Mtg
Thurs., Aug. 20th @ 1:00 PM
WellFlorida Council*

Executive Committee  Mtg
Thurs., Aug. 20th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council*

Board Meeting
Thurs., Sept. 17th @ 1:00 PM
WellFlorida Council*

*WellFlorida Council is located at 1785 NW 80th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida


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