The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) rang in the holiday season with news to cheer the hearts of all South Floridians: record low infant mortality rates.
Miami-Dade’s 4.5-percent infant mortality rate is well below the state and national average, reversing a long-standing trend in our region. This important milestone was achieved through the work of dedicated healthcare professionals and organizations — from hospitals to community health centers to medical practices — that deliver direct services to pregnant women and their newborns.
In 2016, the Coalition will continue to collaborate and work tirelessly to reduce infant mortality rates and step up efforts to prevent premature births and sleep-related infant deaths.
As Florida Department of Health’s designated prenatal and infant-care coalition, we are proud to work with local private and public healthcare systems to improve the lives of pregnant women and their families as we coordinate maternal, infant and child health services throughout the county.
Manuel E. Fermin, CEO, Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, Miami