News & Updates - January 2023

Celebration of Motherhood

Join Us on May 12th!

Attention Central Florida! We would love to have you participate in the 2023 Celebration of Motherhood charity breakfast to be held on Thursday, May 12th at Leu Gardens beginning at 9am. We are accepting event sponsors in addition to general participants. A silent auction will be held at the event. Spread the word! We look forward to seeing you in May! This event will be benefiting Healthy Start families of Orange County, FL.

For more information: or

The Healthy Start Website

Healthy Start During the Holidays

Over the holidays, Healthy Start hosted various holiday events which included our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Give; Nurse Family Partnership Holiday Drive; and, our Angel Tree Donation. Our NICU Give was held on World Prematurity Day, January 17th, and all NICU patients received a holiday bag filled with precious items. For our NFP Holiday Drive, our NFP nurses prepared and distributed bags filled with essential items for mom and baby. Lastly, at our Angel Tree Donation, we received essential baby items for families. Thank you to everyone who participated in all of our holiday events!

Annual Meeting Awardees

Congratulations to our 2022 Award recipients. Our Awardees were chosen for their outstanding partnership, support, and screening efforts!

Women’s Care Florida OB/GYN Specialist

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies

Department of Health Lila Mitchell

True Health

Karen Aguero

Lemille Ruiz-Barreto

Nemours Children’s Hospital

Healthcare Information & Management System Society

Representative. Anna Eskamani

Commissioner. Emily Bonilla

Monica May Communications 

To our friends and supporters,

Thank you so much for voting for us in the Target Circle Giving Program. We received $2,675.27 to help us further our mission to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and families in Orange County with help from your generous votes. This donation came from a larger pool of funds donated from Target to nonprofits tied to the local community. View all the results at Continue checking our website and social media channels to learn more about our work. Again, to everyone who participated, spread the word, and shared the love, thank you!

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Fetal Infant Mortality Review & Fatherhood Programs

We are pleased to announce that we now have the Fetal Infant Mortality Review ("FIMR") and Fatherhood programs at Healthy Start. FIMR began in 1990 as a collaborative effort between American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. FIMR was developed to better understand issues that are associated with fetal and infant mortality. It also aims to expand strategies for systems of care for families and children who are local and statewide.

Several Fatherhood initiatives are now housed under Healthy Start. The National Fatherhood Initiative started in 1994, and is now the nations leading provider of research on Fatherhood presence and involvement, research, and evidence-based Fatherhood programs. Their mission is to increase "Father involvement" by providing human service organizations and communities with Fatherhood training and programs.

Upcoming Maternal-Child Health Observances


· Birth Defects Prevention Month

·  Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 2 – 8)

·  City of Orlando MLK Parade Day (January 14)


·   National Children’s Dental Health Month


·  National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25)

·  Wear Blue Day (March 31)

· Children’s Week Florida (March 26 -31) 


·       Black Maternal Health Week (April 11 – 17)

·       National Infant Immunization Week (April 24 – 30)

·       National Child Abuse Prevention Month

·       HSCOC Board Meeting

Connect with us on our Social Networks for regular updates and health information. Call or visit our Healthy Start website to get connected.

Volunteer with Us!

If you are interested in donating your time and/or talent, we have great opportunities available based on your interests and skills. Contact us for more information at

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