January 2017
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 - November 2016)
Coalition Prenatal Screening Rate Goal: 70%
967/1,287 = 75%
71/124  = 57%
318/358 = 89%
46/79 = 58%
62/98 = 63%
68/77 = 88%
22/25 = 88%
125/163 = 77%
1,173/1,514 = 78%
259/384 = 68%
141/188 = 89%
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 - November 2016)
Coalition Infant Screening Rate Goal: 85%
The Women's Center at North Florida
1,372/1,380 = 99%
Shands at UF 1,126/1,132 = 99%
The Birth Center of Gainesville 7/11 = 64%
Shands at Lakeshore 256/257 = 100%
Munroe Regional Medical Center 937/937 = 100%
The Ocala Birth Center 14/14 = 100%
Loving Arms Birth & Wellness Center 7/8 = 88%
Putnam Community Medical Center
121/121 = 100%
Coalition Total
4,267/4,352 = 98%
State Total
90,728/97,123 = 93%
** Infant Screening Rate = Total Screened/Total Infants
Healthy Start Bulletin (Winter Edition)

The most recent edition of the Healthy Start bulletin features topics such as Birth Spacing; Gestational Diabetes; Coping with Crying; Questions About Breastfeeding; Birth Plan; Daddy Time - How to Change a Diaper; Be Safe: In Your Home; and more.
If you would like copies to distribute to potential Healthy Start participants, please contact our Provider Liaison, Karen Woulf.
Check below for a sample of the information you will find in the summer edition of the Healthy Start bulletin.
Coping with Crying
Babies cry for many reasons.  Here are some tips for soothing or calming your baby:
  • Check for basic needs such as hunger or a dirty diaper
  • Check if baby is too hot, too cold or un uncomfortable clothing
  • Offer a pacifier (if more than 4 weeks of latching has been established with breastfeeding moms)
  • Hold baby close to your chest and walk or rock baby
  • Sing or hum to baby
  • Take baby for a walk in a stroller or a ride in the car
  • Place baby in a safe place.  Check on baby every 5 to 10 minutes to make sure baby is all right.  As long as your baby is safe, crying will not hurt them.
Never, never shake your baby - even one second can harm baby's brain for life!  If you become frustrated, do not take it out on your baby.  Don't be afraid to call someone in your support system or your Healthy Start Care Coordinator and ask for help.
For an electronic copy of the newsletter, please click here.
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
Every 4 1/2 minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States.  They are the leading cause of death among U.S. infants, accounting for approximately 20% of mortality in the first year of life.  In addition, babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long term disability than babies without birth defects.  January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur in the U.S. and of the steps that can be taken to prevent them.  While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are things women can do to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.
  • Be fit.  Eat a healthy diet and work towards a healthy weight before pregnancy.
  • Be healthy.  Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs.  Be sure to consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during early pregnancy.  Work to get health conditions, like diabetes, in control before becoming pregnant.
  • Be wise.  Visit a healthcare professional regularly.  Consult with your healthcare provider about any medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary or herbal supplements, before taking them.
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.
Welcome Reverend Tommy Rodgers
On behalf of the Coalition, I'd like to welcome our newest Board Director, Reverend Tommy Rodgers from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Putnam County. 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.
Marion County World's Greatest Baby Shower
The Marion County World's Greatest Baby Shower was held on Thursday, January 19th at Howard Academy in Ocala, Florida located at 306 NW 7th Avenue.  There were two sessions with the first one 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.  There were exhibits, games, a scavenger hunt, prizes and more!  The baby shower committee was pleased with the attendance and looks forward to making this an annual event.
MIECHV Coordinated Intake & Referral Program Update  
At the beginning of 2017 the Coordinated Intake and Referral (CI&R) program is being implemented at two locations in Alachua County;UF Health-Pediatrics at the Children's Medical Services (CMS) clinic and at the Mom/Baby Unit at UF-Shands. Our CI&R Family Partner, Carolina Rueda has been working hard to ensure we have partnerships in place with all the key agencies that serve families with young children. Carolina has also been working with staff at CMS and UF-Shands to create a smooth CI&R process that will provide these families with access to the supports and services they need to be the best parents possible. In addition, through the CI&R program we hope to provide home visiting services to more families with young children to ensure that they have the ongoing support they need to access parent education, services for children with special needs, mental health services for postpartum depression as well as many other issues and are connected to other parents with young children, so they can support each other through the early years of parenting.
The grant funding that is being used to implement this pilot project will be ending on September 30, 2017 and we are actively seeking other resources and possible system changes that will ensure that the CI&R program will be sustainable after this funding has ended. We are very fortunate to have many partners working closely with us to ensure that all families with young children have timely access to the support and services they need.

The following is a newly created rack card that will be used to educate and encourage potential participants to connect with a  the Family Partner who can then navigate them to the most compatible program(s) for meeting their needs.



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

Rev. Tommy Rodgers
Bethlehem Baptist Church

Olivine Singh
UF Health Mother/Baby Unit

Sharon Surrency
Partnership for Strong Families


Issue: 6
Coalition Screening Rates
Healthy Start Bulletin
Birth Defects Prevention
Coalition Updates
MIECHV CI&R Program Update
The Healthy Start Team
From the Director
Happy New Year!  We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with memory making moments that will stay with them for a lifetime!

We are already hard at work here at the Coalition office to make 2017 another great year for Healthy Start!
We look forward to seeing everyone in March for our next Board of Directors meeting.

Thank you,
Julie Moderie, MPH
Program Director

Care Coordinator Meeting
Friday, Feb 3rd @ 9:30 AM
WellFlorida Council

Executive Committee  Meeting
Thursday, Feb 16th @ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council
Service Provider Council Meeting
Thursday, March 16th 
@ 1:00 PM
WellFlorida Council
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, March 16th
@ 2:00 PM
WellFlorida Council

Healthy Start of North Central Florida
1785 NW 80th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606
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