October 2016
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 2016 - August 2016)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%
352/506 = 70%
33/49  = 67%
110/154 = 71%
14/36 = 39%
24/43 = 86%
16/33 = 49%
8/10 = 80%
53/62 = 86%
436/595 = 73%
92/130 = 71%
58/95 = 61%
14/20 = 70%
Coalition Total
1,210/1,733 = 70%
State Total
22,558/39,109 = 58%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women
Infant Screening Rates** (July 2016 - August 2016)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
The Women's Center at North Florida
574/578 = 99%
Shands at UF 443/443 = 100%
The Birth Center of Gainesville 1/3 = 33%
Shands at Lakeshore 119/119 = 100%
Munroe Regional Medical Center 370/370 = 100%
The Ocala Birth Center 6/6 = 100%
Loving Arms Birth & Wellness Center 4/5 = 80%
Putnam Community Medical Center
48/48 = 100%
Coalition Total
1,707/1,733 = 99%
State Total
36,533/39,109 = 93%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
Coordinated Intake & Referral Project Recap

The Coordinated Intake and Referral (CI&R) planning team has been meeting monthly to finalize the plan for implementing the CI&R pilot in Alachua County. In the last few months the team has finalized the "Getting to Know Your Family" form. The form will be used by the CI&R Family Partners to help families with young children determine if they would like home visiting services that can include parent education, child development assessments, screenings for postpartum depression and intimate partner violence, breastfeeding support, and smoking cessation, as well as care coordination that helps links families to other supports and services such as mental health counseling, child care or assistance with food or utilities.
On September 29th and 30th the CI&R travel team, which includes representatives from Healthy Start, Healthy Families, and UF-Shands, learned more about how the other Healthy Start Coalitions who received the CI&R grant are working to engage their community in this work. One of the Coalitions is developing a phone app that will provide parents immediate access to home visiting services and other community resources and our team may also be able to use the app in our community.
We are very excited about the progress we have made to create a plan that will be implemented through September 2017 to help more families with infants and toddlers gain access to the resources they need for their families to thrive and their children to be safe, healthy and ready for school.

Pictured above is the Alachua County Coordinated Intake & Referral team in Tampa, FL 2016
October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
Fast Facts About SIDS
  • SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age.
  • Most SIDS deaths occur when babies between 1 month and 4 months of age, and the majority (90%) of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months of age.  However SIDS deaths can occur anytime during a baby's first year of life.
  • SIDS is a sudden and silent medical disorder that can happen to an infant who seems healthy.
  • SIDS is sometimes called "crib death" or "cot death" because it is associated with the timeframe when the baby is sleeping.  Cribs themselves don't cause SIDS, but the baby's sleep environment can influence sleep-related causes of death.
  • Slightly more boys die of SIDS than girls do.
  • In the past, the number of SIDS deaths seemed to increase during the colder months of the year.  But today, the numbers are more evenly spread throughout the calendar year.
Baby's Anatomy When on the Stomach and on the Back
Back sleeping does not increase the risk of choking.  In fact, babies may be better able to clear fluids when they are on their backs, possibly because of the anatomy.  When a baby is in the back sleeping position, the trachea lies on top of the esophagus.  Anything regurgitated or refluxed from the esophagus must work against gravity to be aspirated into the trachea.  When a baby is in the stomach sleeping position, anything regurgitated or refluxed will pool at the opening of the trachea, making it easier for the baby to aspirate or choke.
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 the community and consumer fields.
MIECHV Coordinated Intake & Referral Hires Family Partners
We are pleased to announce that two part-time Family Partners (Mona Gil de Gibaja and Carilina Rueda) have been hired for the Coordinated Intake & Referral project.  One Family Partner will be working with moms who deliver at UF-Shands and the other will be working with families that receive pediatric services at UF-Children's Medical Services. 
Welcome Isadora Del Vecchio and Sharon Surrency
On behalf of the Coalition, I'd like to welcome our newest Board Directors, Isadora Del Veechio from the March of Dimes and Sharon Surrency from Partnership for Strong Families.  We are excited to have you both on board and look forward to collaborating with you on how to help pregnant women, children and families within our communities.
Congratulations Randy Terry
We are pleased to announce that Randy Terry has been presented with the STEWART-MARCHMAN-ACT Community Advocacy Award for her continuous commitment and support of behavioral healthcare in the Putnam community.
Read more about our programs MomCare and MIECHV.
The Healthy Start Team

Past President
Julie Samples
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Sarah Catalanotto
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center
Vice President
Mary Peoples-Sheps
Community Representative
Cathy Winfrey
Healthy Families ACUB
Amanda Elliott
SWAG Family Resource Center

Michael Blessing
Lutheran Services Florida

Isadora Del Vecchio
March of Dimes

Shirley Lick
Shands at LakeShore

Olivine Singh
UF Health Mother/Baby Unit

Sharon Surrency
Partnership for Strong Families


Issue: 5
Coalition Screening Rates
Coordinated Intake & Referral Grant Update
SIDS Awareness Month
Coalition Updates
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director



I am excited to announce that during our September Board meeting, two new Board Directors were elected to serve.  Isadora Del Veechio from the March of Dimes and Sharon Surrency from Partnership for Strong Families.  We look forward to the opportunity to work with you both in the upcoming year.


The first quarter of the contract year has been a fast and exciting one!  Looking forward to a great rest of the year!

Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director

Care Coordinator Meeting
Friday, Nov 4th @ 9:30 AM
WellFlorida Council

Executive Committee  Meeting
Thursday, Nov 17th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council
Service Provider Council Meeting
Thursday, Dec 8th @ 1:00 PM
WellFlorida Council
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Dec 8th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council

Healthy Start of North Central Florida
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