April 2019
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 2018 - February 2019)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%
1,505/1,849 = 81%
148/196  = 76%
372/524 = 71%
65/97 = 67%
96/130 = 74%
72/111 = 65%
37/39 = 95%
220/304 = 72%
1,882/2,447 = 77%
298/599 = 50%
226/305 = 74%
64/117 = 55%
Coalition Total
4,985/6,718 = 74%
State Total
98,146/150,363 = 65%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women
Infant Screening Rates** (July 2018 - February 2019)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
The Women's Center at North Florida
2,035/2,079 = 98%
Shands at UF 1,528/1,747 = 88%
The Birth Center at Comprehensive Women's Group 16/16 = 100%
Birth and Wellness Center of Gainesville 8/8 = 100%
Shands at Lakeshore 296/363 = 82%
Advent Health of Ocala 1,572/1,574 = 99%
The Ocala Birth Center 19/19= 100%
Loving Arms Birth & Wellness Center 8/12 = 68%
Putnam Birth and Beyond
1/1 = 100%
Putnam Community Medical Center 145/145 = 100%
Coalition Total
5,628/5,964 = 94%
State Total
145,248/150,363 = 97%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Every May, the nation turns its attention to the prevention of teen pregnancy for a full month.  National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) highlights the historic declines in rates of teen births in the United States.  Significant declines have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial and ethnic groups, but disparities still exist.

Below you will find a table with our teen pregnancy birth rates using 3-year rolling averages.  You can see that our rates are declining, which is great,  but most of our counties still sit substantially higher than the state rate.  This means we still have work to do!

Alachua 16.3 15.0 13.5 12.6 11.9
Columbia 43.4 46.0 47.3 43.9 39.4
Dixie 51.7 46.9 38.8 37.1 37.2
Gilchrist 44.9 42.8 40.2 36.9 41.9
Hamilton 55.6 43.4 37.7 36.9 41.9
Lafayette 41.1 39.8 36.1 24.6 20.3
Levy 34.2 33.3 30.0 30.2 28.4
Marion 37.6 35.5 33.1 31.9 31.7
Putnam 55.1 49.5 48.1 48.0 42.8
Suwannee 43.9 43.2 40.2 39.5 37.0
Union 57.9 46.8 45.5 42.5 40.8
Florida 27.0 24.9 22.7 21.0 19.7

Quick Facts
  • There were 20.3 teen births for every 1,000 females ages 15-19 years in 2016.
  • The teen birth rate in the United States is at a historic low, but it remains higher than the rate in many other developed countries.
  • Teen birth rates differ substantially by age, racial/ethnic group, and region of the country.
  • Birth rates are higher among Hispanic and black adolescents than among their white counterparts.
  • While Hispanics still have a higher teen birth rate than their black and white peers, there has been a substantial decline in recent years.
For NTPPM tools and resources, please click here.

Resource: https://www.hhs.gov
Hanging of the Hands for Children's Week 2019

On behalf of the Central Healthy Start coalition, I'd like to thank everyone who sent in their hands/feet artwork to display at the state capitol!  Below you will find some pictures that were taken at the hanging of the hands ceremony on Sunday, March 24th.

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.

Welcome Chris Schreier, DNP, ARNP
Please join me in welcoming our newest Board Director, Chris Schreier.  Dr. Schreier is a Pediatric Doctoral Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Assistant Professor within the College of Nursing at the University of Florida.  We are excited to have him on our team and look forward to working with him in the future!

Circuit 5 Substance Exposed Newborn Summit
The Circuit 5 Substance Exposed Newborn Taskforce is facilitating a one-day summit entitled, "Healthy Start of North Central Florida and WellFlorida Council are proud to sponsor "Education & Beyond: Supporting Substance Exposed Newborn Communities," on Friday April 8th from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM at the Wildwood Community Center located at 6500 Powell Road.  Anyone is welcome to participate and can register at www.hernandocommunitycoalition.com.  Those cost is $30.  For more information, please contat 352-596-8000.

Please Join our 2019 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 13th 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!  Go to www.marchforbabies.org/EventInfo?EventID=20120  and click on TEAMS --> Or, join an existing team --> and type in Healthy Start NCF & Central Coalitions to register for out team.  Please remember that every dollar raised will be a lifeline for moms and babies near us and across the country.

March of Dimes Community Team
From 2015-2017, 38% of White mothers and 33.0% of Black mothers who were residents of Alachua County had intervals between pregnancies of less than 18 months.  7.9% of the White babies were born preterm, while 16.1% of Black babies were preterm.  To address this issue, the March of Dimes Community Team in Alachua County is preparing a county-wide awareness and education campaign in May of 2019.

The first part of the campaign will involve a training session especially for individuals who provide home visiting services to pregnant women and new mothers in the county.  The session will cover three main topics:
  1. Why is it important to space pregnancies by 18 months
  2. Why so many moms (about 1/3) do not space out their pregnancies
  3. How to talk with moms and their partners about this issue and the factors in their lives that may prevent them from waiting the 18 months
The second part of the campaign will involve educational materials about birth spacing for distribution throughout the county using a number of different methods.

Because birth spacing is a modifiable behavior, we have the ability to make a positive impact.  Education is key as many women don't know or understand that an interpregnancy interval less than 18 months will increase their risk for preterm birth.

HSNCF is on AmazonSmile
Don't forget to shop using AmazonSmile!  With every purchase made using the following link, Amazon will make a donation to Healthy Start of North Central Florida at no additional cost to you.  How cool is that?  Go ahead and get your "shop" on!  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3118984

2018 Marion County World's Greatest Baby Shower
The Marion Baby Shower was held on Thursday, January 24th in the multipurpose room at the Marion County Sheriff's Office.  There were 243 attendees with 119 registered moms.

Alachua County World's Greatest Baby Shower
The Alachua County Baby Shower was held on Saturday, February 23rd at Westwood Middle School.  There were 257 attendees with 86 registered moms.

Month Births % Intakes Received % Consented % Completed Assessment
May 209 12.9% 85.2% 69.6%
June 203 15.3% 90.3% 57.1%
July* 244 30.7% 70.7% 79.2%
August 240 57.9% 69.1% 62.5%
September 203 72.9% 50.0% 45.9%
October 195 87.2% 57.6% 58.2%
November 218 82.6% 47.8% 59.3%
December 217 80.6% 55.4% 48.5%
January 227 72.2% 52.4% 58.1%
February 199 83.4% 54.2% 71.1%
Total 2,155 59.2% 57.3% 59.8%
  1. Family Partners start dates: UF Health at Shands on 7/2/18*; NFRMC on 7/19/18*
  2. Intakes Received Goal = 95%
  3. Consented Goal = 70%
  4. Assessment Goal = 60%

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) 
Please check out the latest data infographics from Parents As Teachers for our MIECHV sites below.

The Healthy Start Team

Past President
Sarah Catalanotto
Suwannee River Area Health Education Center
Mary Peoples-Sheps
Community Representative
Vice President
Roseann Fricks
ELC of Marion County
Amanda Elliott
SWAG Family Resource Center
Cathy Winfrey
Healthy Families ACUB

Ann-Marie Fenn

Cathy Rehberg
North Florida Regional Medical Center

Sharon Surrency
Partnership for Strong Families

Chris Schreier University of Florida, College of Nursing

Deepthi Varma
University of Florida, Epidemiology Department

Cassandra Young
UF Health at Shands


Issue: 4
Coalition Screening Rates
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Hanging of the Hands
Coalition Updates
NewboRN HV Program
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director

The 2019 Legislative session started at the beginning of March and I'm happy to report that both the House and Senate have proposed to keep Healthy Start fully funded.  I'm grateful for an uneventful legislative session thus far.

Children's Week was the week of March 24th and to kick it off there was the "Hanging of Hands" ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda.  Thank you to everyone who sent in children's hands/feet to display at this wonderful event.  There are some great pictures of the display included in the e-newsletter so please be sure to check them out.

Please remember to mark your calendars for our upcoming annual meeting on Thursday, June 21st from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  We are still working on a location and as soon as that information is available, we will be sure to send it out.  

We look forward to seeing you all in June!

Happy Spring!
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director


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