Press Release: 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release
June 7, 2022
Contact:  Cindy McNulty
Community Affairs Manager
Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc.
(727) 507-4260, ext. 229
(727) 365-2636 (cell phone)

Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. will host their Annual Meeting to share their successes,
thank community partners, and highlight doula services in
advancing health equity!

When:      Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Doors open 8 am
Program 8:30 to 10 am

Where:     Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Drive
Clearwater, FL 33762

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.

Executive Director Mary Jo Plews says, “Healthy Start Coalition is addressing health disparities* through our doula care program and we’re seeing positive birth and postpartum outcomes such as fewer low birthweight babies, preterm births, C-Sections.  Imagine what it would be like if we add just 10 more doulas!  Every year it could mean that 55 more babies born healthy, 53 fewer C-section births, and a whopping savings of $1.8 million every year for Pinellas County alone!”

Registered guests may participate in our opportunity drawing for great items like gift cards to your favorite restaurants and stay-cation hotels. All proceeds benefit our programs and services for expectant and new families.

About Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc.
Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. is a community based, non-profit charitable organization focused on improving the health and wellbeing of expectant and new families. The Coalition is one of thirty-two throughout Florida established in 1992 to implement the provisions of Florida’s Healthy Start legislation.  Florida is the only state that universally screens all mothers and babies and infant mortality has declined 34% over the last 30 years.

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.

*Maternal Child Health Equity in Pinellas
Local data from the Pinellas Department of Health shows that the black infant mortality rate is 2x that of their white counterparts.  That rate increases to 4x more likely for a Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDS).
For more information go to or contact

Cindy McNulty, Community Affairs Manager
(727) 507-4260, ext. 229 (office)
(727) 365-2636 (cell)
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