January 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 - October 2017)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%
768/984 = 78%
56/105  = 53%
238/267 = 89%
42/50 = 84%
39/72 = 54%
32/53 = 60%
18/27 = 67%
102/165 = 62%
844/1,244 = 68%
171/283 = 60%
124/155 = 80%
41/49 = 84%
Coalition Total
2,475/3,454 = 72%
State Total
47,355/78,412 = 60%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women
Infant Screening Rates** (July 2016 - October 2017)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
The Women's Center at North Florida
1,058/1,059 = 100%
Shands at UF 757/889 = 85%
The Birth Center of Gainesville 4/8 = 50%
Shands at Lakeshore 186/186 = 89%
Munroe Regional Medical Center 827/827 = 100%
The Ocala Birth Center 5/5= 100%
Loving Arms Birth & Wellness Center 2/4 = 50%
Putnam Birth and Beyond
1/1 = 100%
Putnam Community Medical Center
86/86 = 100%
Coalition Total
3,226/3,454 = 93%
State Total
73,977/78,412 = 94%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Each January the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raises awareness among woman an families on actions they can take to help have a healthy baby.  January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects.  Thanks to ongoing medical advances, children born with birth defects are living longer.  These children an their families still need help.  They often need specialized treatment, continued care, and strong social support to improve their overall quality of life.
Coalition Spotlight: Holiday Bags for the NICU

For the last few years, Healthy Start staff have put together bags for the mothers and babies who have had to stay in the NICU during the holidays instead of being at home with their families.  It's a very small way we can share a little joy with these families that have already been through so much.

Each bag contained educational materials along with some little things to help the families with the long days at the hospital such as tissues, snacks, and a small Christmas door hanger pillow (courtesy of a generous donation made by Pearhead).  We were able to distribute bags to approximately 100 families this holiday season which in turn allowed us to share information about the Healthy Start program and the services we offer.

Through this nice gesture, we were able to build upon our established relationships with the hospital NICUs and ultimately help more women and children in the future!

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:

Welcome Deepthi Varma
On behalf of the Coalition, I'd like to welcome our newest Board Director, Deepthi Varma from the University of Florida's Epidemiology Department.  We are excited to have you on board and look forward to collaborating with you on how to help pregnant women, children and families within our communities.
2018 Marion County World's Greatest Baby Shower
The Marion County World's Greatest Baby Shower was held on Tuesday, January 23rd at the Medical Health Center located at 1714 SW 17th Street in Ocala, Florida.  There were two sessions with the first one being held from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM and the second session held from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  This was a free event for expectant mothers and parents of infants under 6 months of age and there were exhibits, games, a scavenger hunt, prizes and more!
NewboRN Home Visiting Program

Last week, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners approved and signed the contract with Healthy Start of North Central Florida (HSNCF) to begin implementing the NewboRN Home Visiting Program (NHVP).  HSNCF will be hiring two Family Partners who will be working full time with our partners in the Mom/Baby units at both UF Health Shands and North Florida Regional Medical Center.  The Family partners will meet with each Alachua County mom who delivers 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 implementing the NHVP in March or April.

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


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Coalition Screening Rates
Birth Defects Prevention
Coalition Spotlight
Coalition Updates
NewboRN HV Program
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director
Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter and rest!

We are already hard at work here at the Coalition office to make 2018 another great year for Healthy Start!

We will see everyone at our next Board of Directors meeting in March.
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director

Coordinated Intake & Referral
Thurs., Jan. 18th @ 10:00 AM
Florida High School Athletic Assoc.

Care Coordinator Meeting
Fri., Feb. 2nd @ 9:30 AM
WellFlorida Council

Coordinated Intake & Referral
Thurs., Feb. 16th @ 10:00 AM

Executive Committee  Meeting
Thurs., Feb. 16th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council

Coordinated Intake & Referral
Thurs., Mar. 15th @ 10:00 AM
Service Provider Council Meeting
Thurs., March 15th @ 1:00 PM
WellFlorida Council
Board of Directors Meeting
Thurs., March 15th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council

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