January 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 - November 2019)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%
936/1,145 = 82%
97/121  = 80%
245/346 = 71%
45/79 = 57%
56/85 = 66%
48/71 = 68%
12/27 = 44%
122/187 = 65%
1,170/1,567 = 75%
234/360 = 65%
125/216 = 58%
41/64 = 64%
Coalition Total
3,131/4,268 = 73%
State Total
56,422/95,694 = 59%
* Prenatal Screening Rate = Total Consenting to Screen / Estimated Number of Pregnant Women
Infant Screening Rates** (July 2019 - November 2019)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
The Women's Center at North Florida
1,405/1,407 = 99%
Shands at UF 851/1,068 = 80%
The Birth Center at Comprehensive Women's Group 19/19 = 100%
Birth and Wellness Center of Gainesville
9/9 = 100%
Shands at Lakeshore 214/246 = 87%
Advent Health of Ocala 1,025/1,025 = 100%
The Ocala Birth Center 11/11= 100%
Loving Arms Birth & Wellness Center 4/4 = 100%
Putnam Birth and Beyond
1/1 = 100%
Putnam Community Medical Center 120/120 = 100%
Coalition Total
3,659/3,910 = 94%
State Total
91,682/95,694 = 96%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
Coalition Spotlight: Thank You for Healthy Start

December 12, 2019

To whom it may concern:

Healthy Start has been a huge blessing to me during my pregnancy and beyond.  I struggled with anxiety and depression two years ago and was worried that it would come back.  When I heard Healthy Start offered services to help with depression and postpartum depression, I knew that I needed it.  When I first met my Care Coordinator, Valerie, she instantly reminded me of one of my childhood mentors.  She was so kind and friendly during our first visit.  I looked forward to our next one.  Knowing someone was going to visit me and check on me regularly, gave me peace and I no longer worried about postpartum.  I have not struggled with anxiety or depression.  Healthy Start services have been the biggest factor.  Valerie has become a friend and I know she truly cares for me and my baby.  As a first time mom, it has been a blessing to have someone I can call or text anytime with questions or concerns.  And as a stay-at-home mom, it's such a blessing to know someone comes to visit me regularly.  Valerie keeps me from getting lonely, and I believe that has kept postpartum depression at bay.  There have been so many changes in my life this year, but Valerie and Healthy Start have been a constant and that has been invaluable.  Thank you for Healthy Start, for the amazing services you provide!  I'm sure I'm not the only woman who's life has been changed by you.


Special thanks to Valerie Bennett in Putnam County for sharing this wonderful letter with us!
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  The theme for 2020 is "Best for You. Best for Baby."  Not all birth defects can be prevented but women can take certain steps to can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by being their healthiest self both before and during pregnancy.  What is best for mom is also best for baby.

Check out the following images showing steps women can take to increase their changes of having a healthy baby.

For more information, please visit  https://www.nbdpn.org/bdpm.php
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 Event
The 4th annual Marion County World's Greatest Baby Shower event will be held on Thursday, January 23rd with two sessions available.  The first session will be from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM and the second session will be from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  The event will be held at 3300 NW 10th Street in Ocala, Florida.  There will be exhibits, games, a scavenger hunt, prizes and more!

Suwannee Community Baby Shower Event
The Suwannee Community Baby Shower event will be held on Saturday, February 1st from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the Suwannee Coliseum located at 1302 11th Street SW in Live Oak, Florida.  The event is for expectant mothers, dads and families with a child under the age of one.  There will be exhibits, games, prizes, free gifts and more!

Alachua County Baby Shower Event
The 16th annual Jesse "Sam" Butz World's Greatest Baby Shower even twill be held on Saturday, February 22nd from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM at Westwood Middle School located at 3215 NW 15th Avenue in Gainesville, Florida.  The event is free admission and provides educational sessions, exhibits, prize giveaways and more!

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
October 2019
Month Births % Intakes Received % Consented % Completed Assessment
UF @ Shands 107 86.0% 59.8% 54.5%
North Florida 116 87.9% 58.8% 68.3%
Total 223 87.0% 59.3% 61.7%

New Marketing and Recruitment Efforts
  • Radio PSAs on Magic 101.3 and JoyFM
  • Incentives in hospitals for moms that sign up (cup and lip balm)
  • Incentives for physicians to encourage participation from their patients (mouse pads, stethoscope tags, stress birds)
New Service Delivery Efforts 
  • Folders for fathers
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Pack n plays from Alachua Healthy Babies
  • 4 more community infant CPR and safety classes being scheduled
  • Collaboration with UF Health at Shands - Interdisciplinary Clinical and Academic Program (ICAP) to use student interns to conduct client satisfaction follow-up interviews and promote the program in the hospital 

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) 

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


Coalition Screening Rates
Coalition Spotlight
Birth Defects Prevention
Coalition Updates
NewboRN HV Program
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director

It's the year 2020 - a leap year, the 20th year of the 3rd millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, the start of another decade and I'm hopeful it's going to be a great year for Healthy Start!

The legislative session starts early this year on Tuesday, January 20th with Children's Week kicking off on Sunday, January 26th at the Capitol Rotunda.  So far, it looks as though Healthy Start funding should remain the same this fiscal year (Healthy Start funding remained the same in the Governor's budget that was released to the public on November 18, 2019).  Our legislative visits have been very positive thus far and we're hopeful we'll avoid any surprises this legislative session.

Cheers to another year of helping our youngest population in Florida have a Healthy Start in life!

Happy New Year!
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director

Care Coordinator Mtg
Thurs, Jan. 16th @ 9:00 AM
WellFlorida Council*

North CI&R HVAC Mtg
Thurs, Jan. 16th @ 11:00 AM
WellFlorida Council*

Service Provider Council Mtg
Thurs., Feb. 20th @ 1:00 PM
WellFlorida Council*

Executive Committee  Mtg
Thurs., Feb. 20th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council*

Board of Directors Mtg
Thurs., Mar. 19th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council*

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