April 2018
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 2017 - January 2018)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%
1,373/1,690 = 81%
103/177  = 58%
420/472 = 89%
84/89 = 94%
75/111 = 68%
65/90 = 72%
28/40 = 70%
196/286 = 69%
1,501/2,146 = 70%
326/516 = 63%
205/251 = 82%
74/91 = 81%
Coalition Total
4,450/5,959 = 75%
State Total
86,082/136,095 = 63%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women
Infant Screening Rates** (July 2017 - January 2018)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
The Women's Center at North Florida
1,830/1,832 = 99%
Shands at UF 1,298/1,487 = 87%
The Birth Center of Gainesville 10/14 = 71%
Shands at Lakeshore 305/346 = 88%
Munroe Regional Medical Center 1,411/1,419 = 99%
The Ocala Birth Center 15/15= 100%
Loving Arms Birth & Wellness Center 4/7 = 57%
Putnam Birth and Beyond
1/1 = 100%
Putnam Community Medical Center
155/155 = 100%
Coalition Total
5,029/5,276 = 95%
State Total
129,341/136,095 = 95%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month
As a nationally recognized health observance, Preeclampsia Awareness Month presents the opportunity to offer education that will increase awareness of this life-threatening hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, which occurs in up to eight percent of all pregnancies.
 Signs and symptoms of preeclampsia to look out for:
  • Swelling of the hands and face, especially around the eyes
  • Weight gain of more than 5 pounds in a week
  • Headache that won't go away, even after taking medication such as Tylenol
  • Changes in vision like seeing spots or flashing lights, partial or total loss of eyesight
  • Nausea or throwing up, especially suddenly, after mid pregnancy
  • Upper right belly pain, sometimes mistaken for indigestions or the flu
  • Difficulty breathing, gasping or panting
  • Hyperreflexia

It's also important to know that some women with preeclampsia have NO symptoms or they "just don't feel right."  If there's a sense that something is wrong, even if there are no symptoms, it's still important to contact the healthcare provider immediately.




Resource: www.preeclampsia.org

Coalition Spotlight: Celebrating 25 Years of Healthy Start

All About Women with Dr. Jones
All About Women

Heart of Florida in Ocala

Suwannee and Lafayette Healthy Start

Nagda Medical Group

 OBGYN Associates of Lake City

Shands LakeShore Birth Center

The Ocala Birth Center

UF Health Mother and Baby Unit

Women's Health Group UF Health Medical Plaza

Women's Health Group at UF Health Springhill

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 categories.

HSNCF is on AmazonSmile
Did you know that you can donate to Healthy Start of North Central Florida 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/59-3118984
All Bottoms Covered Diaper Bank
A.B.C. All Bottoms Covered is a new initiative of the Alachua County Perinatal Mental Heath Coalition (ACPMHC) to address the correlation between diaper need (affecting 1 in 3 families) and heightened risk of these same families (3 times over!) for experiencing Postpartum Depression and related mental health conditions.  Diaper need can lead to serious health problems for both babies and parents.

The ABC Diaper Bank will reach families through community partnerships with organizations already providing direct services to those with unmet diaper need.  Diapers, while a basic necessity for health of babies, is not augmented for by any public service.  The ABC Diaper Bank of ACPMHC will serve this ongoing need through donations of diapers and funds raised.  Awareness materials with information on the mental health of parents and support and other resources within the community will accompany each package of diapers.

Did you know that 1 in 3 families struggle to provide clean diapers their child needs to remain healthy and happy?

If you are willing and able to make a donation to this amazing cause, please click on the following link:

Please Join Our March for Babies Team
Healthy Start of North Central Florida has created a team and will be walking in this year's March for Babies event on Saturday, April 14th at 8:50 AM.  The walk will start at Celebration Pointe located at 3528 SW 45th Street in Gainesville, Florida.  We'd love to have you join us!  To be apart of our team, please visit www.marchforbabies.org/EventInfo/?EventID=19196 and type in Healthy Start Coalition 2018 to create an account.  The deadline to register is Friday, April 6th.  Please remember that every dollar raised will be a lifeline for moms and babies near us and across the country.
March of Dimes Community Grant
We are happy to announce that Healthy Start of North Central Florida was awarded the March of Dimes Community Grant for the UF Health CenteringPregnancy and CenteringParenting projects for Alachua County.  Our new grant will run from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.  We look forward to working with the March of Dimes again this year on our prematurity prevention efforts at the community level.
Help Me Grow Florida Grant
Healthy Start of North Central Florida recently submitted a response to an RFP for the Help Me Grow Florida (HMGF) grant for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. HMGF is a comprehensive and integrated statewide system designed to identify developmental and/or behavioral concerns in children ages birth through eight (8) years of age, and link their families to community-based services and supports.  The HMGF system model promotes collaboration to build efficient and effective early childhood continuums of care.  If awarded the grant, services would begin on July 1, 2018.
University of Florida Campaign for Charities
We are pleased to announce that Healthy Start of North Central Florida has been selected to participate in the University of Florida Campaign for Charities fundraising efforts again for the 2018 calendar year!  Thank you to the University of Florida for allowing us to partner with you and give UF employees the opportunity to contribute to our organization through automatic payroll deduction.
NewboRN Home Visiting Program Kick-Off Event
The kick-off event for the brand new NewboRN Home Visiting Program was held on Saturday, March 17th at the School Board of Alachua County to let the community know more about this wonderful program and how they will benefit.  The program begins this month and will be offering free home visits by a registered nurse to anyone who gives birth at UF Health Shands, North Florida Regional Medical Center, a local birth center or at their own home.  Recipients of the home visits must be Alachua County residents as well as give birth in Alachua County.
Campaign for Children's Trust of Alachua County Kick-Off Event
On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Campaign for Children's Trust (CTAC) held their first ever kick-off event at Depot Park in Gainesville, Florida.  The CTAC will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot and if approved would be funded by county property taxes.  CTAC is known for providing leadership and advocacy support to our children so they become productive adults; invests in our children's cognitive, social and emotional development; and expands our community's effort beyond prenatal - 5 years of age to serve ages 0-18.  They will provide services such as:
  • Afterschool and mentoring programs
  • School readiness programs for quality pre-K education
  • Parenting support and home safety programs
  • Programs to create safe communities, youth employment and teen outreach

Please help us in supporting the Campaign for Children's Trust of Alachua County by voting, "YES," on the November 6th ballot.  

2018 Alachua County World's Greatest Baby Shower
The 2018 World's Greatest Baby Shower for Alachua County was held on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Westwood Middle School located at 3215 NW 15th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida.  The event featured 30-minute educational sessions, 20+ exhibitors, prize giveaways such as car seats, pack-n-plays, gift cards and other baby related items.  The baby shower was hosted by Kiwanis International, in partnership with Stork's Nest, Alachua County Public Schools, Sun State Federal Credit Union, Florida SIDS Alliance and Healthy Start of North Central Florida.
NewboRN Home Visiting Program Update
Healthy Start of North Central Florida (HSNCF) will begin implementing the NewboRN Home Visiting Program (NHVP) in May.  The Family Partners who will be working with families at both UF Health Shands and North Florida Regional Medical Center have been hired and will begin training on April 23rd.  Each Family Partner will meet with Alachua County residents who deliver in Alachua County to educate them about the NHVP and get their consent to participate in the program. Those mothers who participate will have an opportunity to get a one time home visit from a registered nurse.  The RN's will be employees of UF Health Home Care or NurseCore.
The nurse will assess the mom and newborns physical, mental and social well-being and health.  She will also have an opportunity to assist with breast-feeding, parent education, family planning and many other things that would be helpful to new parents. If the family needs any additional assistance the Family Partner will be able to provide short-term case management to link them with other supports and services. 
HSNCF will also be partnering with the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery so that those women who deliver at home or at a birthing center can also have an opportunity to be part of the NHVP.
We are so excited to be working with our partners on this new program and look forward to begin implementation soon.  This important new program is being funded by the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Children's Services Advisory Board.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the NHVP, please contact Mona Gil de Gibaja at mgildegibaja@wellflorida.org.  Also, please check out our new webpage for the NewboRN Home Visiting Program by clicking here.

The Healthy Start Team

Sarah Catalanotto
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center
Vice President
Mary Peoples-Sheps
Community Representative
Isadora Del Vecchio
March of Dimes
Amanda Elliott
SWAG Family Resource Center

Ingrid Ellis-Schaper
Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast

Ann-Marie Fenn
Shands LakeShore OBGYN

Roseann Fricks
Early Learning Coalition of Marion County

Cathy Rehberg
Shands at LakeShore Hospital

Rev. Tommy Rodgers
Bethlehem Baptist Church

Sharon Surrency
Partnership for Strong Families

Deepthi Varma
University of Florida

Cathy Winfrey
Healthy Families ACUB

Cassandra Young
Heart of Florida Health Center


Issue: 2
Coalition Screening Rates
Preelampsia Awareness
Coalition Spotlight
Coalition Updates
NewboRN HV Program
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director
We've had a very busy 3rd quarter this year!  I'm relived and very happy to report that Healthy Start successfully avoided a proposed budget cut of 29% by the Florida Senate which would have been approximately $19 million dollars less for our highest risk mothers and babies across the state of Florida.  We are truly grateful to our Florida Legislators for protecting critical funding for Florida Healthy Start and for allowing us to continue to serve this high risk and high need population!
In addition to our advocacy efforts, we've been busy submitting responses for several grants as well as organizing our Healthy Start of North Central Florida team for the March for Babies 2018 event.  We'd love to have you join us as we March for Babies on Saturday, April 14th at Celebration Pointe in Gainesville, Florida.
Thank you to all of our Coalition members, service providers, friends and colleagues for their support in getting the word out about the proposed budget cut to Healthy Start this year.  We wouldn't have been successful without your determination and diligent efforts on our behalf.  We sincerely appreciate each and every one of you!  
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director


Coordinated Intake & Referral
Thurs., Apr. 19th @ 10:00 AM
Florida High School Athletic Assoc.

Care Coordinator Meeting
Fri., May. 4th @ 9:30 AM
WellFlorida Council

Coordinated Intake & Referral
Thurs., May. 17th @ 10:00 AM

Executive Committee  Meeting
Thurs., May. 17th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council

Coordinated Intake & Referral
Thurs., Jun. 21st @ 10:00 AM
Florida High School Athletic Association
Service Provider Council Meeting
Annual Meeting
Thurs., Jun. 21st @ 1:00 PM
Florida High School Athletic Association

Healthy Start of North Central Florida
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