April 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 - January 2020)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%
1,301/1,638 = 79%
131/174  = 75%
374/457 = 82%
77/91 = 71%
76/117 = 65%
72/102 = 71%
17/37 = 46%
173/263 = 66%
1,674/2,174 = 77%
326/509 = 64%
170/293 = 58%
63/93 = 68%
Coalition Total
4,454/5,966 = 75%
State Total
80,924/132,742 = 61%
* 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%
The Women's Center at North Florida
1,933/1,935 = 99%
Shands at UF 1,202/1,462 = 82%
The Birth Center at Comprehensive Women's Group 27/28 = 96%
Birth and Wellness Center of Gainesville
10/10 = 100%
Shands at Lakeshore 303/335 = 90%
Advent Health of Ocala 1,400/1,400 = 100%
The Ocala Birth Center 15/15= 100%
Loving Arms Birth & Wellness Center 6/6 = 100%
Putnam Birth and Beyond
1/1 = 100%
Putnam Community Medical Center 163/163 = 100%
Coalition Total
5,575/5,966 = 93%
State Total
127,233/132,742 = 96%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): What Pregnant Women and Families with Children Need to Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have limited pregnancy-specific data about COVID-19 at this time.  However, based on prior outbreaks caused by similar viruses (i.e. SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV), we know pregnant women and babies may be at risk of becoming sick.


1.  During Pregnancy, a woman's immune system is less quick to respond to illness so they are more likely to become sick.

  • High fevers during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase the risk of certain birth defects.
  • Miscarriage and stillbirth have been observed with other coronaviruses and infections (i.e. flu) during pregnancy.
2.  Based on limited reports, adverse outcomes like preterm birth have been reported among babies born to moms with COVID-19, but it's not clear if that's related to maternal infection.

3.  We don't know whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to her baby and there's no information on the long-term health effects on infants.  Recent data has shown that babies born to mothers with the virus didn't test positive for COVID-19.

4.  There is not enough data yet to know if the virus can spread from you to your baby by breastfeeding.  To date, the COVID-19 virus hasn't been found amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

5.  Children do not appear to be at a higher risk of getting  COVID-19 based on the limited data available.  Reports show that children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms; serious problems are rare.


1.  Stay up-to-date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.

2.  Stay home when you're sick and avoid close contact with people who may be sick.

3.  Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your arm.  Throw used tissues in the trash.

4.  Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

5.  Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

6.  Clean and disinfect objects you touch regularly and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  Use hot, soapy water or a dishwasher to wash dishes and utensils.

7.  Talk to your health care provider about your health and risk of COVID-19.

Source: www.marchofdimes.org
World Maternal Mental Health Day is 
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

World Maternal Mental Health Day draws attention to essential mental health concerns for mothers and families.  Life changes around pregnancy make women more vulnerable to mental illness.  The negative cycle of poverty and mental illness impact on a woman's ability to function and thrive.  This may also directly affect her fetus or child, with long-lasting physical, cognitive and emotional outcomes.  Mental health care provides the necessary support to empower women to identify resources and personal capabilities.  This can enhance their resilience to difficult life circumstances and support them to nurture their children optimally.  Care for mothers is a positive intervention for long-term social development.


Worldwide, as many as 1 in 5 women experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD).  Statistics vary by country, but this is a worldwide concern.  PMADs include postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder, postpartum bipolar, and postpartum psychosis.

Estimates are that 7 in 10 women hide or downplay their symptoms.  Without understanding, support, and treatment these mental illnesses have a devastating impact on the women affected and on their partners and families.

Perinatal mood disorders affect the entire family.  Many people don't realize that about 1 in 10 dads develop depression during this time.  An integrated approach to family mental health allows both parents to move beyond the postpartum period as a thriving family unit.

It is estimated that 20%-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth.  In addition to grief, many of these women also experience postpartum depression.  Giving birth to a premature child, or having a child spend extended time in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, can also take a toll on maternal mental health.

For more information, please visit   wmmhday.postpartum.net
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.

Marion County Baby Shower Recap
The 4th annual Marion County World's Greatest Baby Shower event was held on Thursday, January 23rd.  There were 102 registrants, 34 fathers and 180 other guests for a total of 316 attendees. A total of 25 agencies had a table at the event.  A special "thank you" to all of our volunteers for helping us put on such a successful event!

Suwannee Community Baby Shower Event
The Suwannee Community Baby Shower event was held on Saturday, February 1st at the Suwannee Coliseum.   There were 40 registrants, 8 fathers and 65 other guests for a total of 108 attendees. A total of 16 agencies had a table at the event.

Alachua County Baby Shower Event
The 16th annual Jesse "Sam" Butz World's Greatest Baby Shower event was held on Saturday, February 22nd at Westwood Middle School.  There were 84 registrants, 18 fathers and 105 other guests for a total of 207 attendees. A total of 30 agencies had a table at the event.  

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Month Births % Intakes Received % Consented % Completed Assessment
October 107 87% 60% 80%
November 99 74% 58% 64%
December 93 94% 61% 59%
January 91 88% 64% 49%
Total 390 85% 61% 63%

Demographics of Families Served by NewboRN Home Visiting Program (January 2020)

The Healthy Start Team

Mary Peoples-Sheps
Community Representative
Vice President
Roseann Fricks
ELC of Marion County
Sharon Surrency
Partnership for Strong Families
Cathy Winfrey
Healthy Families ACUB

Ann-Marie Fenn

Lauren Pierson
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center

Chris Schreier University of Florida, College of Nursing

Deepthi Varma
University of Florida, Epidemiology Department

Cassandra Young
UF Health at Shands

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COVID-19 Information
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The Healthy Start Team
From the Director

We are right in the middle of a global pandemic and it's affecting people all across the world.  Here in Florida, we currently have 5,704 confirmed cases and that number continues to climb by the hour. 

With all of the unknown please know that the Coalition is here for you!  We will be using video conferencing (Zoom or Go To Meeting) as well as conference calls, email and phone to get essential business done.  We are available to answer your questions and help where we can.

CONNECT is running as usual so please continue to expedite your Healthy Start referrals and serve our participants in the best way possible considering the restrictions that have been put in place at the state level.

One thing I know to be true is that we are all very resilient in Healthy Start!  We've had to adapt to changes quickly and keep going on many occasions in the past and I know that we will do the same in this situation too.  Again, please reach out if there is anything we can help you with.

Stay healthly, 
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director

Care Coordinator Mtg
Thurs, Apr. 16th @ 9:00 AM
Video Conference

North CI&R HVAC Mtg
Thurs, Apr. 23rd @ 11:00 AM
Video Conference

Service Provider Council Mtg
Thurs., May 21st @ 1:00 PM
WellFlorida Council*

Executive Committee  Mtg
Thurs., May 21st @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council*

Annual Meeting
Thurs., June 18th @ 1:00 PM
LifeSouth Community Blood Center**

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

**LifeSouth Community Blood Center is located at 4039 Newberry Road, Gainesville, Florida

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