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News-Press Guest Opinion: Thanks to Healthy Start every day in Florida is Mothers’ Day

Our state’s landmark Healthy Start program, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this year, demonstrates Florida’s commitment to ensuring that every baby has a healthy start and chance to succeed in life — no matter where they live or who their parents may be. Florida Healthy Start creates community-level support systems for pregnant moms … Continue reading “News-Press Guest Opinion: Thanks to Healthy Start every day in Florida is Mothers’ Day”


INVITATION TO NEGOTIATE ITN # 2021-01 2002 Old St. Augustine Rd. Suite E45 Tallahassee, FL 32301 HEALTHY START MOMCARE NETWORK, INC. INVITATION TO NEGOTIATE # 2021-01 SECTION I: Purpose The Healthy Start MomCare Network, Inc. (“Organization”) invites qualified vendors to submit proposals and remain open to negotiations to provide assessment and related services as required … Continue reading “INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECURITY ASSESSMENT AS A SERVICE: HITRUST CSF CERTIFICATION”


Inside This Issue Investing in the Earliest Years Program Spotlights Infant Mortality Awareness MIECHV Updates ECCS Updates  Investing in the Earliest Years In a tight budget year, it is vital to remember that the highest rate of return on investment is during the earliest years (ages 0-3).  This is why it is critical to ensure … Continue reading “2ND QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2020-2021”

Volunteer Florida Awards $360,000 in Funding to Support Communities Impacted by COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Volunteer Florida announced that $360,000 in funding will be distributed to five organizations that are working to implement an AmeriCorps Program in their community. Along with funding, organizations will receive technical assistance and support that will help them successfully manage a future AmeriCorps program. Programs will focus on helping community members … Continue reading “Volunteer Florida Awards $360,000 in Funding to Support Communities Impacted by COVID-19”

1st Quarter Newsletter 2020-2021

Inside This Issue Hurricane Preparedness During COVID-19 Program Spotlight: Donations of Masks and Diapers to Healthy Start Coalitions from the Florida Department of Health Welcome to our New Officers Statewide Implementation of Virtual Perinatal Home Visiting During COVID-19 Recognition and Awards Upcoming Trainings CDC Recommendations for Hurricane Preparedness During COVID-19 Understand that your planning may … Continue reading “1st Quarter Newsletter 2020-2021”

Pregnant amid a pandemic: Expecting mothers are adapting plans with help of local coalition

VERO BEACH — Rachel and Ron Toperzer, like most first-time parents, have cycled through a checklist in preparation for their daughter.  The Vero Beach couple planned a baby shower, took a handful of childbirth classes and stocked up on wipes before baby Remington arrives next month.  But, like so many others in the face of the uncertain novel coronavirus pandemic, the Toperzers … Continue reading “Pregnant amid a pandemic: Expecting mothers are adapting plans with help of local coalition”

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”

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”