Healthy Start Coalition
The health of babies born in Seminole County is very important. To help
families have healthy babies, the Florida Department of Health in Seminole
County (DOH-Seminole) along with many of their community partners is moving
forward in establishing a coalition for the Healthy Start Program. ”Every baby
deserves a Healthy Start” is the universal idea that encourages the Healthy
Start Advisory Council to create the Coalition.
Dr. Swannie Jett
infant mortality is vital in improving the health outcomes of all babies. The collaboration
with community partners is an important step to accomplish the goal of reducing
infant mortality in Seminole County,” said Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Officer for
the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County. “I fully support the
Healthy Start Program establishing the coalition.”
this year, the department has worked diligently to establish a community based
council with the assistance of their Community Program Manager, Thelisha
Thomas. The council continues to grow into a true representation of the
community, including the private and public sector, state and local government,
health providers, alliances and faith- based groups. A major issue to be
addressed is the high infant mortality rate in our racially diverse
populations. In 2012, Seminole County’s African- American population has an
alarming Infant mortality rate of 17.1 percent per 100 live births which is 2-3
times higher than any other population in the County.
to continue creating awareness in the community, the Healthy Start Advisory
Council will be participating in the 8th Annual Day of Magical Connection this
Saturday, November 16 at Winter Springs High School located at 130 Tuskawilla
Road, Winter Springs, Florida. This event allows homeless families in Seminole
County to meet with 50 plus community agencies that will provide a variety of
services and items to these families in need.
more about the work the Healthy Start Advisory Council does and to join the
group please call 407-665-3201.