Job Opening – Chief Program Officer

Position Title: Chief Executive Officer Supervisor: Board Chair, Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition Status: Exempt Position Type: Executive General Description As directed by the Board of Directors the executive director acts as chief executive officer of the Coalition; assures the day-to-day operation of activities; interfaces with granting entities; managing the development and implementation of the … Continue reading “Job Opening – Chief Program Officer”

2019 Kids Count: FL Lags in LBW, Child Health

Florida continues to struggle with key child health measures – including low birthweight babies – according to the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state ranked 37th in key indicators of child health and well-being in the latest data book, compared to 34th last year.  While … Continue reading “2019 Kids Count: FL Lags in LBW, Child Health”

Sites Awarded Federal Healthy Start Funding

Congratulations to Florida’s six federal Healthy Start projects for receiving funding to continue their work to eliminate perinatal health disparities! The sites were among the 100 communities nationwide that received five-year grants to implement comprehensive initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities in rates of … Continue reading “Sites Awarded Federal Healthy Start Funding”

Job Opening – Chief Program Officer and Project Director

JOB DESCRIPTIONChief Program Officer and FL Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) Project Director Reports To: FAHSC Executive Director   Duties and Responsibilities: Overall responsibility for supporting maternal and child health programming implemented by FAHSC and its member coalitions. Serves as Project Director for the Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) … Continue reading “Job Opening – Chief Program Officer and Project Director”

Healthy Start Showcases Accomplishments at Legislative Reception

The accomplishments and impact of Florida’s Healthy Start program were highlighted at the annual FAHSC Legislative Reception held recently in Tallahassee.  Program participant Helena Girouard shared her experience as a young pregnant mother struggling with addiction and credited support from the program for transforming her life and baby’s future.  Girouard, who received services through the … Continue reading “Healthy Start Showcases Accomplishments at Legislative Reception”

Hurricane Relief Update

Whole Child Leon is grateful for all of the donations and support received in its drive to aid families in the Panhandle impacted by Hurricane Michael.  The organization has suspended its collection efforts and is focusing on distribution activities. Thank you for your overwhelming response! The Healthy Start Coalition of Bay, Franklin, Gulf is still accepting direct … Continue reading “Hurricane Relief Update”

Chiles Jubilee Highlights Impact of Florida Healthy Start

The history and impact of Florida’s Healthy Start program was highlighted at an event this weekend honoring the late Governor and First Lady, Lawton and Rhea Chiles.  Former administration officials, staff, family members, friends and advocates gathered at the Chiles Jubilee, held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Chiles’ death. Cheryl Wright-Mayhew opened a panel … Continue reading “Chiles Jubilee Highlights Impact of Florida Healthy Start”

Florida Earns “C” on 2018 Premature Birth Report Card

More than 10% of babies in 2017 were born too soon in Florida, earning the state a “C” on the Premature Birth Report Card, released today by the March of Dimes. The overall U.S. preterm birth rate rose to 9.93% of births in 2017 from 9.85% in 2016, according to data from the National Center … Continue reading “Florida Earns “C” on 2018 Premature Birth Report Card”

Hurricane Relief Update: Our Programs Still Need Help

Recovery efforts are continuing slowly in Panama City and surrounding areas of the Florida Panhandle impacted by Hurricane Michael.  Please share updated information below about items needed by local Healthy Start, FL MIECHV, Healthy Families and other home visiting programs and consider making a donation to help with their recovery. The Healthy Start Coalition of … Continue reading “Hurricane Relief Update: Our Programs Still Need Help”