Prenatal health care providers are the gateway for pregnant women who would like services like Healthy Start and Healthy Families to improve birth and social outcomes for their families. Because of the critical role they play, the Healthy Start Coalition and its partners dedicated a week to support and celebrate the efforts of health care providers to screen women with the state Healthy Start prenatal screen.
Healthy Start providers and Coalition staff fanned out across the region this week, January 19 through 22, to visit all 64 OB/GYN providers in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties as part of the inaugural Northeast Florida Provider Week.
The week was developed by the Coalition’s Screening Improvement Task Force to engage in a dialogue about Healthy Start with the health care. The visits are an opportunity to give the offices information on the correct way to complete the screen, educate them on ways to increase their screening rate and assist with any questions or additional information they may need.
Provider Week was planned for January, the start of the new year, because the Coalition has set the goal for each provider to screen 100 percent of women in Northeast Florida and increase consent rates to 100 percent.
Each office received Healthy Start clipboards, posters, pens and notepads, in addition to key information on the screen. More information is also now available on the Health Care Provider section of our website.