The Manuel Fermin Maternal & Infant Health Award will be awarded to an extraordinary individual who has shown leadership, innovation, and exemplary work in improving maternal and infant services in Florida. Eligible candidates include, but are not limited to, direct service providers, administrators, project/program leaders, and more.
The award is made in honor of Manuel “Manny” Fermin. Manny was a devoted, passionate, and visionary leader who cared deeply for the women, mothers, infants and children in Miami-Dade County during his almost 21-year role as Chief Executive Officer of the Health Start Coalition of Miami-Dade. He also served in leadership roles at the state level with the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions and the Healthy Start MomCare Network. He truly believed every baby deserved a healthy start in life. The ripple effects of the life-changing impacts Manny made over the decades will be felt for generations to come. The Manuel Fermin Maternal & Infant Health Award is dedicated to Manny’s passion and commitment to make a difference in the lives of mothers, infants, and children.
Nominations are due by July 23 and must be emailed to ExecAssistant@fahsc.org. Each Healthy Start Coalition may submit one nomination from their community.
The winner of the award will be recognized at the awards reception on August 29 in Orlando at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions. Travel expenses for the awardee will be provided by the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions. Please verify with your nominee that he or she will be available to attend the awards reception.
The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions develops and supports local systems of care to optimize the health of mothers, babies, and families. The Association is made up of 32 individual coalitions from across the state. Together, we unite to have a collective impact toward better outcomes for Florida’s families.