In 2014, 143 babies in Northeast Florida died before their first birthday. Every baby deserves an equal and healthy start in life, but too many babies are born too small and too early, which is the leading cause of infant mortality. It affects families disproportionately too: black babies die at twice the rate of white babies.
The Coalition has several initiatives to save babies: a safe sleep campaign to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs); the Fetal & Infant Mortality Review project, which looks at selected deaths to determine gaps in services and develop community recommendations. The Coalition also contracts with local agencies and organizations to provide Healthy Start case management services for at-risk infants. The Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based home-visiting program, provides services to high-risk mothers in Jacksonville through two Healthy Start providers.