2017 MOD Prematurity Report Card: Progress Stalls in FL, U.S.

After nearly a decade of progress, prematurity rates in the U.S. and Florida increased in 2016, earning the country and state a “C” on the new March of Dimes Prematurity Report Card released today. Florida had a preterm birth rate of 10.1% in 2016, compared to 10.0% in the prior year. Nationally, the rate increased from … Continue reading “2017 MOD Prematurity Report Card: Progress Stalls in FL, U.S.”

Coalitions Support Families Experiencing Loss, Focus on Systems Change Through FIMR

Healthy Start Coalitions join organizations worldwide this month in remembering families that have experienced a loss during pregnancy.  Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is observed October 15 and will be marked by memorials and other activities, such as the Walk to Remember, held annually in Tallahassee by the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition. Nearly … Continue reading “Coalitions Support Families Experiencing Loss, Focus on Systems Change Through FIMR”

Funding to Address Opioid Crisis, Support Healthy Start Services Top FAHSC Legislative Priorities

The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions (FAHSC) is seeking $12.8 million in additional state funding in FY 2018-19 to address the growing opioid epidemic and support the delivery of Healthy Start services to more at-risk pregnant women and newborns. The organization, which represents 32 local coalitions working to reduce infant mortality and promote healthy … Continue reading “Funding to Address Opioid Crisis, Support Healthy Start Services Top FAHSC Legislative Priorities”

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Florida’s infant mortality rate dropped slightly in 2016, but the state continues to face challenges with disparities and the growing number of babies impacted by the opioid crisis. Statewide, 1,380 babies died before reaching their first birthdays in 2016, compared to 1,400 in the previous year.  Florida’s infant mortality rate was 6.1 deaths per 1000 … Continue reading “September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month”

Healthy Start Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Florida Healthy Start Coalitions are joining maternal and child health organizations worldwide in observing World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7. Breastfeeding education and support is a core service available to expectant and new families participating in the Healthy Start program. In 2016, Healthy Start staff provided counseling to more than 30,000 participants. The American Academy of … Continue reading “Healthy Start Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week”

New Website Seeks to Strengthen Maternal Mortality Reviews to Reduce Pregnancy-Related Deaths

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has launched a website to promote the maternal mortality review process as the gold standard for measuring and reducing pregnancy related death. Review to Action advances the measurement of pregnancy-related deaths and the translation of maternal mortality review findings into population-based solutions and interventions, and serves … Continue reading “New Website Seeks to Strengthen Maternal Mortality Reviews to Reduce Pregnancy-Related Deaths”

FL MIECHV Funds New, Expanded Home Visiting Programs in High-Need Communities

Funding was awarded by the Florida MIECHV initiative to establish new evidence-based home visiting programs in four high-need communities, and expand services in four additional programs. New sites include: Bay, Franklin, Gulf Healthy Start Coalition will provide Parents As Teachers to 50 families in Bay County; The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will offer Parents … Continue reading “FL MIECHV Funds New, Expanded Home Visiting Programs in High-Need Communities”

Call for Participation

Healthy Children Project Inc. (HPC) and Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN) invite the submission of abstracts for the 2018 conference: International Breastfeeding Conference & Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspective. The Call for Participation event will be held January 9am-12pm at Deerfield Beach, Florida. Proposals are due May 15th, … Continue reading “Call for Participation”