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May 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 11

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HEALTHY START COALITION OF MIAMI-DADE HONORS HOSPITALS, OBSTETRICIANS, VOLUNTEERS, BOARD MEMBERS, AND COLLEAGUES AT ITS ANNUAL AWARDS AND RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

 
Photo: State Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez - Proclamation
 
The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade hosted its Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Hilton Miami Airport.  The Awards and Recognition Ceremony celebrated the invaluable work clinicians, case managers, colleagues, volunteers, board members and staff do to help Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade remain a leader in maternal, infant and child health in Miami-Dade County. 
 
With NBC 6 Meteorologist Adam Berg as the Master of Ceremonies, Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade recognized dozens of individuals and organizations for their tireless commitment in ensuring every baby in our community has a Healthy Start in life. 
 
“For the past 17 years, The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade has proudly served Miami-Dade County as a leader in maternal, infant and child health,” said Manuel Fermin, Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to our community which is growing in numbers and diversity. We enjoyed celebrating these accomplishments with our colleagues at our Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony and look forward to continuing this work for years to come.”
 
The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) and Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade jointly recognized hospitals in Miami-Dade County that have committed to healthcare quality improvement for mothers and babies with the Champion of Quality Recognition. 
 
Additional award categories included the Excellence in Maternal, Infant and Child Health for hospital partners and prenatal care providers, Champion of Change Evidence-Based Maternity Care Recognition for hospitals that have made progress toward designation as a Baby-Friendly® hospital. Individuals who have dedicated 5, 10 and 15 years to improving the lives of mothers, infants and children in Miami-Dade County were also recognized. (Please see addendum for a complete list of awardees.)
 
The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade is a community-based, non-profit organization that serves as the County’s prenatal and infant care coalition. They partner with local community-based organizations to provide free, high-quality health and education services to women of childbearing age, children up to age three and their families.  Their goal is to reduce infant mortality and the number of low-birth weight and pre-term births as well as improve maternal child health and developmental outcomes in Miami-Dade County.
 
The Annual Awards & Recognition Ceremony was sponsored by Sunshine Health; Molina Healthcare; Aetna Better Health of Florida; Miami Beach Community Health Center, Inc.; North Shore Medical Center; and United Healthcare Community & State. 
 
About Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade
The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) is a community-based non-profit organization designated and funded by the State of Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to serve as Miami-Dade County’s prenatal and infant care coalition. HSCMD partners with local community-based organizations and healthcare professionals to plan, coordinate and provide high quality health and education services to women of childbearing age, children to age three and their families. For more information, visit hscmd.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.  
 
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