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Collier County Promotes Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Posted on Oct 19, 2016

Collier County Promotes Safe Sleep Awareness Month

  Naples, Florida-Since the year 2000, 43 babies under the age of one went to sleep and never woke up. October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month. The Florida Department of Health in Collier County in conjunction with The Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL and The NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County promotes community-based maternal and child health programs that focus on the reduction of infant mortality, racial disparities and low birth weight. The NCH birthing place gives out halo blankets, safe sleep literature and a copy of “Sleep Baby Safe and Snug,” which gently reminds caregivers of best practices while putting baby to...

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Dr. Ahmed Barhoush Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on Oct 19, 2016

Dr. Ahmed Barhoush Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Belle Glade, Florida, September 22, 2016:  Dr. Barhoush was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at his medical clinic in Belle Glade as part of the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards.  “Without Dr. Barhoush, prenatal medical care would not be available in the Clewiston area.  We are proud to recognize him for his longstanding dedication to serving families in the rural areas”, says Cathy Timuta, Executive Director for Healthy Start Southwest Florida. Dr. Barhoush completed his medical degree at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt in 1966 and residency in OB/GYN in New York and New Jersey from 1970-73 at St. Clare’s Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and...

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Awardees Honored at the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards

Posted on Oct 19, 2016

Awardees Honored at the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, September 19, 2016: Ten awardees were honored at the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards.  More than 125 people attended the event at the Shadow Wood Country Club in Bonita Springs.  The Golden Baby Shoe Awards honors individuals who show outstanding contributions to improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, babies, and young children throughout Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties.  The event is hosted by the Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida in partnership with the Golisano Children’s Hospital and Naples Community Hospital as title sponsors. Lifetime Achievement Awardee:  Ahmed Barhoush, MD, OBGYN, A.H. Barhoush PA...

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Awardees Announced for the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards

Posted on Aug 15, 2016

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, August 1, 2016: The Golden Baby Shoe Awards honors individuals who show outstanding contributions to improving the health and well-being of pregnant women or babies throughout Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties.  The event is hosted by the Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida in partnership with the Golisano Children’s Hospital and Naples Community Hospital as title sponsors. Awardee Criteria: Awardees are selected by a committee of community leaders representing the different disciplines and geographic areas.  Awardees are selected based on the following criteria: Is a Doctor, Nurse, Mid-wife, Social Worker or other Health...

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2016 Prendergast Child Advocate of the Year – Cathy Timuta

Posted on Jun 8, 2016

(Fort Myers, Fla. – June 6, 2016) — Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has awarded Cathy Timuta, executive director for the Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida  with the 2016 Prendergast Family Child Advocacy Award in recognition of her passion and commitment to keeping children safe through drowning prevention efforts. Timuta received the award at the Golisano Children’s Hospital Annual Pediatric Conference at Sanibel Harbour Resort  on May 21. Every year, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and the Prendergast Family Endowment Fund host a lecture on child abuse and award a...

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Now Accepting Nominations for the Golden Baby Shoe Awards

Posted on May 11, 2016

Nominations are being accepted until June 15th for the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards.  Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida is hosting the 7th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards to celebrate the outstanding contributions of individuals who help give babies a healthy start in life.  Awardees will be honored at the Golden Baby Shoe Awards Gala on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Shadow Wood Country Club, 22801 Oakwilde Boulevard, Bonita Springs. HOW ARE AWARDEES SELECTED? Nominations are received from patients, co-workers, and friends from all four counties.  An individual who may be nominated for this award must meet the following criteria: Is a Doctor, Nurse,...

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Diaper Drive: Make a Mother’s Day!

Posted on May 10, 2016

Healthy Start is requesting donations to help a mothers in need with a gift of diapers for their baby.  Donations will benefit babies in Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties. 1 in 2 families (1,500+) in the Healthy Start program struggle to buy diapers. Food stamps cannot buy diapers. Diapers cost about $75-$100 per month per baby. Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks and increased possibility for child abuse. In addition to individual donations, we are also asking businesses, churches, and civic groups to consider running a diaper drive.  BB&T – Oswald Trippe and Company is leading the way through their...

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New Mothers in Immokalee Get Treated to a Community Baby Shower

Posted on Apr 22, 2016

42 New mothers in Immokalee were treated to a community baby shower on Wednesday April 20th.   Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida, Florida State University College of Medicine, and Molina HealthCare partnered together to host the fun and educational event to support new mothers in our community. The special day included gifts, games, food and door prizes along with educational presentations and information on community resources.  This was truly a special occasion for many of these mothers as it may be the only baby shower they have. Educational presentations were provided by: Florida State University College of Medicine, Redlands Christian Migrant...

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Event Raises $14,200

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

Event Raises $14,200

to Kick-Off Healthy Start’s 25th Birthday! The Boots & Bling riverboat fundraising event raised more than $14,200 and helped kick-off Healthy Start’s 25th Birthday.  The fun-filled evening included celebrity MC’s Amanda Hall and Chris Cifatte from WINK news, DJ Gentry Thomas, country western dancing and lessons, BBQ dinner, great auction items, and games such as BINGO, 52-Card Draw, Heads or Tails, and much more! This year’s event was extra special because it was the kick-off for Healthy Start’s 25th birthday. Healthy Start’s goals are to prevent infant deaths and low birth weight babies, and promote health and developmental outcomes for young children.  The infant...

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Boots & Bling: Riverboat Event

Posted on Feb 23, 2016

Boots & Bling: Riverboat Event

Kicks-Off Healthy Start’s 25th Birthday! Saturday, March 19, 2016 6-9:30 pm Kick up your heels and have some fun at the Boots & Bling fundraising event to benefit Healthy Start Southwest Florida!  The fun-filled evening will include a BBQ dinner, cash bar, DJ music, country western dancing and lessons, great auction items, and games such as BINGO, 52-Card Draw, Heads or Tails, and much more.  If you do not know how to western dance, you can learn a few easy steps from some professionals.  Enjoy a wonderful evening on the river and also help give babies a healthy start in life. Location: Captain JP Riverboat, 1300 Hendry Street, Dock C-1, Downtown Fort Myers Yacht...

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