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In a significant move to bolster parenting support services, Parents as Teachers Plus (PAT+), a program of Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, is proud to announce receiving a $50,000 Challenge Grant award from the Parents As Teachers National Center. This investment aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality of at-risk, substance use disorder (SUD) affected pregnant people by training and certifying 20 community doulas, facilitating mentorship programs for the newly credentialed doulas, and providing specialized trauma-informed training for staff therapists.

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We’re proud to share that we are a recipient of the Pinellas Community Foundation‘s 2 Year Operating Grant Award! These funds will allow us to make much needed improvements to our website! Two high traffic pages on our website are the Beds 4 Babies Safe Sleep Program and the Resource Guide. Utilizing interactive tools and ensuring accurate, translated digital content will make a difference in the healthy and safety of young families in Pinellas County! Thank you PCF for your support.

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Of the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and Orlando Health Bayfront funded partners announced Wednesday, the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas received the largest grants: $500,000 to support the creation of a Doula Network. One way the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas fulfills its mission is through a network of contracted doulas, or traditional birth attendants, who support pregnant individuals before, during and after the birthing process through nonmedical support services.  “When we look at the data nationally…

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Much appreciation to Bayfront Health’s Community Benefits Team for their visit to the Healthy Start Coalition office to deliver critical funds for our Coordinated Intake and Referral team.  They are a group of compassionate experts that get families the resources they need to thrive as expectant and new families in Pinellas County.

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Did you see us on the news? ✨ We had a wonderful morning filming about Holiday Adopt A Child initiative with James Tully at ABC Action News and Community Development Coordinator, Julia Sharp. But it was Healthy Start mama, Wednesday, and 2 of her little boys who stole the spotlight! And we couldn’t be more thrilled! Thanks to the incredible support from local businesses and community members, we’ve been spreading joy to mothers and infants this holiday season.

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Every year, Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas spreads joy to hundreds of babies and families in need throughout Pinellas County. Our annual Holiday Adopt a Child Gift Campaign is a heartwarming celebration that embraces the spirit of giving and creates magical moments for these precious little ones and their families during the holiday season!

Photos from 2023 Holidays Coming Soon!

Healthy Start Coalition will celebrate 31 years of supporting healthy pregnancies, babies and families in Pinellas County to ensure they have the best start in life! 

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Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc.’s (HSCP) role as a United Way Suncoast (UWS) strategic community partner moves into a new era this month with the launch of a multi-year funding commitment from the venerable nonprofit leader.

United Way Suncoast kicked off its new fiscal year on July 1 by initiating the distribution of a three-year grant that will deliver $270,000 to Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas.  HSCP will use the funds to support early childhood literacy through the Healthy Start program.  HSCP will provide the tools needed that will enable families to increase their child’s early literacy resulting in more Healthy Start infants and children will have enhanced child development and improved readiness for early learning. Healthy births contribute to the overall health of HSCP community. Healthy babies are more likely to grow into healthy children, especially if early detection in delays are identified before they start school.

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Join the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas County this Holiday Season as we support families in our community!

Our Adopt-a-Child/Family initiative supports families for the holidays, including gifts for their children, holiday food, gift cards and more. In 2021, we were able to help over 169 families with 375 children in Pinellas County through the support of community partners and individuals who have a passion for giving babies and their families a healthy start!

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Healthy Start Coalition will celebrate their 30th anniversary supporting healthy pregnancies, babies and families in Pinellas County to ensure they have the best start in life!  Since their inception in 1992, infant mortality in Florida declined 34%.  The Coalition will host their Annual Meeting to share their successes, thank community partners, honor a Healthy Start Hero, welcome a Family Spotlight on one of our clients, and hear from Keynote Speaker, Yamel Belen, RN, CLC, Doula/Owner One Love Doula Services, and President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network.

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Congratulations to Michelle Schaefer for being awarded the Cooperman-Bogue Kids First Award presented by the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County. Michelle is a passionate champion of JWB’s Sleep Baby Safely campaign, she responds at all hours to deliver free pack-n-plays through the Healthy Start’s Coalition Beds 4 Babies Project, and leaves no stone unturned to ensure every baby has a healthy start! Join us in congratulating Michelle and share her video to inspire others.

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The Healthy Start Program gives women the opportunity to participate in a free screening that helps identify risk factors that risk a healthy pregnancy or healthy baby. It provides a safety net for families that do not qualify for other programs. The organization also provides doula services and a coordinated intake and referral program that prioritizes Black pregnant women and families to receive access to their services.

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2021 Virtual Annual Business Meeting

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At our 2021 Virtual Annual Business Meeting we had the pleasure of hearing from our Keynote Speaker, State Representative Kamia Brown, regarding House Bill 645, an extension of post-partum Medicaid. Our guest speaker, Eliza Lammers, did an amazing job sharing her research and award-winning C-Span Documentary of Decreasing Maternal Mortality in the USA.

We also had a chance to hear from her mother, Erin Lammers, who shared her personal postpartum story.

Spectrum Bay News 9- Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas COVID-19 Efforts

We are so thrilled to have been aired on Spectrum Bay News 9 yesterday evening!
Since the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas has been providing food and supplies to families served in the program.
Every Wednesday staff line their cars up in front of the Healthy Start office to pick up essentials like face masks, hand sanitizer, toiletries, school supplies, toys, diapers and wipes.Families are getting weekly “doorstep” deliveries by their Healthy Start home visitor. As shown in the clip a new mommy explains the difficulties of leaving her home in order to avoid exposure to Covid-19.
We have distributed more than 57,000 meals to an average of 120 families and children per week!
With donations from agencies like Feeding Tampa Bay, Beth Dillinger Foundation, The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc., Pasadena Community Church, Babycycle and Florida Dream Center we can continue to support Healthy Start families with basic living essentials.

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Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative featured the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas County in their recent Newsletter.

Best Practices: Linking Hospitals to Community Resources

In this new feature, we spotlight innovative and creative strategies for supporting the work of MORE hospitals in linking mothers with OUD to community resources. Local Healthy Start Coalitions are reaching out to MORE hospitals to assist with mapping services and facilitating post-discharge referrals to services as part of the initiative. Here’s a great example of this partnership!

Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. has been assigned Registration number CH8865 by the Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

The mission of the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. is to promote healthy pregnancies, babies, and families by providing services and facilitating access to resources through community partnerships while advancing racial equity and cultural responsiveness.
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