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Healthy Moms & Babies
221 Hospital Dr. NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “the infant mortality rate is an important marker of the overall health of a society” (2022). The group’s priority areas include breastfeeding, eliminating the Black-White infant mortality gap, and reducing the overall infant mortality rate.Community Champions
Ardelle Bush, Healthy Start Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
Crystal Harrison, Homelessness and Housing AllianceGoals, Objectives and Strategies
Goal 1: To reduce the infant mortality rate.
Objective 1: By December 31, 2025, reduce the Black-White infant mortality gap from a rate of 9.6 per 1,000 live births to 8.8 per 1,000 live births.
Strategy 1: To promote best practices in prenatal, infant, and maternal care in Okaloosa County.
Strategy 2: To create a plan for mass distribution of Recipe for a Healthy Baby educational materials.
Strategy 3: To re-engage community partners and increase participation in Healthy Moms & Babies OCHIP Group post-COVID.
Strategy 4: To educate the community about maternal advocacy.
Strategy 5: To promote comprehensive breastfeeding policies through the Healthy Okaloosa Worksites program and Florida Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award.
Objective 2: By December 31, 2025, reduce the overall infant mortality rate from 5.1 per 1,000 live births to 4.2 per 1,000 live births.*
Objective 3: By December 31, 2025, reduce the Black-White preterm birth gap from 4.4 per 1,000 live births to 2.4 per 1,000 live births.*
Objective 4: By December 31, 2025, reduce the Black-White low birth weight gap from 3.8 per 1,000 live births to 3.5 per 1,000 live births.*
*Each objective will utilize the same strategies as Objective 1.
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