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”