Healthy Start Coalition
of Miami-Dade

About Us

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The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, Inc. was incorporated on April 1, 2001 and serves as part of a statewide network of community-based organizations to reduce Florida’s high infant mortality and improve the lives of pregnant women and their families.

The Coalition is responsible for the establishment and oversight of the Miami-Dade Healthy Start system, which includes directing local, state and federal funding and provides oversight to local community organizations that deliver direct services to pregnant women and families of newborns, continuous care coordination to pregnant women and children birth to age three, evaluating services and the needs of the community, and quality assurance and improvement responsibilities.

At the Coalition, we promote that every baby gets a Healthy Start in life!

“An idea is like a play. It needs a good producer and a good promoter even if it is a masterpiece. Otherwise the play may never open; or it may open but, for a lack of an audience, close after a week. Similarly, an idea will not move from the fringes to the mainstream simply because it is good; it must be skillfully marketed before it will actually shift people’s perceptions and behavior.”

― David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas


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The success of Healthy Start is dependent on it’s many volunteers, team members and most importantly, it’s advocates for the services provided to the pregnant women, father’s and family members who want their baby to have a Healthy Start in life! Advocates provide a voice to those who need to hear loud and clear the positive work being done by Healthy Start. In this section you will find information that will assist you when speaking about the Healthy Start program.

Please let us know if you have an encounter with a media representative or policy maker so we can provide appropriate follow-up as needed. Your willingness to advocate on behalf of our most vulnerable residents is commendable and looked upon highly by our local legislators and constituents. Thank you.


Advocacy Materials for Use

Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc.: 2015 Legislative Priorities

Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade: 2013-2014 Programmatic Fact Sheet

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Board of Directors
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017


Board of Director Leadership

Mary C. Garcia - President

Sunshine State Health

Pamela Hollingsworth - Vice-President

Early Learning Coalition of M-D/Monroe

Ileana Bustelo – Secretary

Department of Children and Families

Paul Hunt - Treasurer

Retired, Professor at Florida International University

 Directors

Angelica E. Urbina - Director 

Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County

Gloria Simmons - Director

Retired, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Claudia Polastri - Director

Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade

Dr. Carmen de Lerma - Director 

South Miami Hospital Child Development Center

Dr. Lourdes Q. Forster - Director 

University of Miami School of Medicine

Heather Baker - Director 

The Village South/Westcare

Mary Richards - Director

Retired, Principal of COPE Center North

Shelia McCann - Director

Retired, Health Choice Network


The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade Board of Directors comprise of individuals who are dedicated to their community and have a passion for ensuring that every baby gets a Healthy Start in life.  Membership reflects a diverse group of individuals in various disciplines and organizations. All members are volunteers and take time out of their day to meet and review all programmatic and financial responsibilities of the Coalition and govern the direction of the Coalition. In addition, the Board of Directors ensures there is transparency by the Coalition and that proper rules and regulations as defined within the By-Laws and as dictated by both State and Federal laws that govern non-profit organizations. The Board of Directors serve as champions in the community for the Coalition’s overall goals and mission and help promote it’s services to the community at large. The Board of Directors meet on a bi-monthly basis and hold other meetings (i.e. Executive Committee, etc.) as needed as well.

If you would like to become a Board Member, please feel free to contact the Coalition via our Contact Us Page by clicking here.


 Upcoming Board of Directors Meeting 

All Board of Directors Meetings are open to the general public. If you are interested in attending an upcoming meeting, we encourage you to please visit our Events page by clicking here or pressing Events at the top of the page and look for “Community Notification Meetings”.

Board Minutes are available upon request. If you would like to receive a copy of a previous board meeting, you may submit your request to admin@hscmd.org.

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The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the goal of reducing infant mortality, reducing the number of low birth weight babies & improving maternal, infant and child health and developmental outcomes. We seek business and social service professionals who want to grow with us and make a difference in the lives of families and children in our community. The Coalition’s office is located in Miami, Florida. We offer industry competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package.


Current Vacant Positions

 

POSITION TITLE: Director of Programs

This position is primarily responsible for managing all program components of the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) to include but not limited to, Healthy Start and MomCare programs. The Director of Programs will also be responsible for cultivating existing relationships with Funders, Community partners and Stakeholders. 

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (Master’s preferred). A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in managing complex, multifaceted programs. A minimum of five (5) years’ of supervisory experience. Training, education and/or experience may be substituted for certain minimum qualifications. Excellent communication skills.  Local travel may be required.

Applications Accepted Until: Positions Filled

 


POSITION TITLE: Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer is responsible for all financial matters, proper accounting systems, and ensuring appropriate internal controls and financial procedures. Position reports to the CEO. CFO develops budgets, manages cash flow, and produces financial reports compliant with GAAP and sound business practices.

Requirements: Master’s degree from accredited college or university in related field; advanced computer skills are mandatory; relevant previous experience as a CFO; PMO experience a plus; Six Sigma a plus.

Applications Accepted Until: Positions Filled

 


POSITION TITLE: Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement

This position is primarily responsible for planning, coordinating and directing quality control programs designed to ensure continuous production. This position develops and facilitates continuous process improvement techniques and methodologies that aim to achieve operation efficiencies and demonstrable, measurable and sustainable results.

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration or a related field (Master’s preferred). A minimum of four (4) years’ experience in implementing quality assurance practices. Training, education and/or experience may be substituted for certain minimum qualifications. Excellent communication skills.  Local travel may be required.

Applications Accepted Until: Positions Filled

 


POSITION TITLE: Program Managerfull time and part time positions available

This position is primarily responsible for the day to day operations of the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade’s outreach programs. This position ensures that program practices are consistent with established standards, procedures, and contract requirements. This position monitors services and service delivery to community organizations, healthcare professionals and other related stakeholders.  Excellent communication skills.  

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degree preferred from an accredited college or university in social services, healthcare or related field. A minimum of two (2) years experience in a related field. Local travel may be required. 

Applications Accepted Until: Positions Filled

 


 

POSITION TITLE: Community Liaisonfull-time and part-time positions available

This position is primarily responsible for provider and community outreach for the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade. This includes working primarily with OB/GYN offices, hospitals, and birthing centers in Miami-Dade to ensure the successful implementation of the Healthy Start prenatal screening and community awareness. This includes working with public and private hospitals in ensuring appropriate outreach materials are distributed to help promote initiatives supported by the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade.  This is a temporary full-time and part-time position. 

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in social services, healthcare, or enrolled students in nursing, or healthcare related field. Preferred two (2) years experience in community organizing, local networking and knowledge of local maternal and child health service delivery system.  Excellent communication skills.  Local travel required.

Applications Accepted Until: Positions Filled

 


 

POSITION TITLE: Liaison, Mediafull-time and part-time positions available

This position is primarily responsible for provider and community outreach for the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade. This includes working primarily with OB/GYN offices, hospitals, and birthing centers in Miami-Dade to ensure the successful implementation of the Healthy Start prenatal screening and community awareness.

Additionally, this position leads our public relations and social media positioning. This position will routinely produce multimedia/video content. Must have understanding of internet analytics. Position will interact with public and marketing professionals.

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in from an accredited college or university in English, Communications, marketing, or related field. Preferred two (2) years experience in communication, public relations, marketing within a service industry.  Excellent communication skills required.  This position will routinely produce written and video copy ready for publication. Local travel required. Extrovert.

Applications Accepted Until: Positions Filled

 


POSITION TITLE: Maternity Care Advisor, full-time and part-time positions available

This position with the MomCare Program facilitates access to prenatal care for pregnant women on Medicaid.  This is a temporary full-time and part-time position that based on funding can become a regular full-time or part-time position.

Requirements: High school diploma and/or GED, Bachelor’s degree in social services, health education or related field preferred and 1-2 years’ experience in maternal, infant and child health field preferred. Knowledge of Miami-Dade County geographic service area. Local travel, must have reliable transportation. Heavy phone work involved; therefore, excellent telephone communication skills required. Bilingual English/Creole. Computer literacy is a must.

Applications Accepted Until: Positions Filled


POSITION TITLE: Program Assistant, full-time and part-time positions available

This full time position is primarily responsible for providing high level administrative support. The Program Assistant may also provide direct services to program participants.   This is a temporary full-time and part-time position that based on funding can become a regular full-time or part-time position. 

Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in social services, healthcare or related field preferred. A minimum of 2 to 3 years’ experience in a related field of work. Local travel involved. Must have reliable transportation. Excellent communication skills required. Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Creole preferred. Computer literacy is a must.

Applications Accepted Until: Positions Filled


 

To be considered for the above positions, please submit the following:

1. A cover letter,

2. Your current Resume,

3. Salary history and minimum salary requirements

And send to infojobs@hscmd.org or fax to 305-541-0213 - ATTN: Human Resources. Please put the position title (i.e., ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT) in the subject line of any electronic submission.

The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) is an equal opportunity employer. HSCMD offers great benefits and competitive salary.

The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade is a drug-free/smoke-free workplace. 


*If no positions are listed, there are no current open positions. Opportunities can arise quickly based on the needs of the community so please check back periodically.


Opportunities with Our Community Partners

Healthy Start Care Coordinator, Full Time. For full details and application instructions, please see careers.westcare.com, Position #2560.

Healthy Start Program Manager, Full TimeFor full details and application instructions, please see www.jtchc.org and https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=551034

Healthy Start Case Manager, Full TimeFor full details and application instructions, please see www.jtchc.org and https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=481895


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 Management Team


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Mr. Manuel E. Fermin serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade which is the lead organization in Miami-Dade County for providing services in Maternal, Infant and Child Health and has been with the Coalition since April 2001. Mr. Fermin is responsible for the complete direction of the Healthy Start system of care in Miami-Dade County and is responsible for representing the organization in the community. Mr. Fermin oversees the entire operations of the Coalition and provides direction and support.

Prior to joining the team, Mr. Fermin worked in various other orgnaizations where he obtained management experience before becoming the Chief Executive Officer for the Coalition. Mr. Fermin brings over 2 decades worth of experience in Social Services and other areas.

Mr. Manuel E. Fermin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, majoring in Sociology from the University of Florida. He obtained a Masters in Public Administration from Florida International University. He has served on numerous panels, advisory committees and governing boards as well as being a guest presenter or lecturer at functions, academic institutions and conferences.

Mr. Fermin is married and the proud father of four children.

 


Team Members

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Mr. Melvin Hernandez has been working in the Social Services field for over eighteen (18) years. He has been the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade’s Quality Assurance & Improvement Specialist since June 2006. Melvin is responsible for assuring compliance for both of HSCMD’s internal and external programs. He serves as a Liaison between the Coalition and its contracted providers as well as providing ongoing assistance and trainings.

Prior to joining HSCMD, Mr. Hernandez worked at Miami Behavioral Health Center for ten (10) years, first as a Substance Abuse Counselor, providing individual and group counseling to adolescents and adults. Mr. Hernandez then joined the agency’s administrative team as the Corporate Compliance Officer, assisting with contract management, peer reviews and internal audits.

Mr. Hernandez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has gained various professional certifications in Lean Six Sigma Principles – Yellow Belt and as a trainer for Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment (SCRIPT).

 


olawson pictureMrs. Olivia Ceavers is the Program Specialist for the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, and has been with the team since June 2015. Mrs. Ceavers is responsible for incorporating training, education, and outreach duties to better assist the program and community needs.

Prior to joining the Coalition, Mrs. Ceavers served as the Communications and Development Associate at Mil Milagros, a non-profit organization based in Boston that partners with schools in Guatemala to improve education and health for children and their families. That position inspired her to become more involved in the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health population, and to receive further education within the community health field.

Mrs. Ceavers earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Miami, and her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with a concentration in Latin American Studies, from Boston University.


Executive Assistants

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Mrs. Carolina Maya-Fernandez has been with the Coalition team since April 2013. Mrs. Maya-Fernandez is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and handles a wide range of responsibilities to ensure the smooth functioning of the office and its programs. She provides direct support to the CEO, Directors and Management Team.

Prior to becoming the CEO’s Executive Assistant, Mrs. Maya-Fernandez was the Program Assistant to the MomCare program at the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade. While as the Program Assistant, Mrs. Maya-Fernandez provided support to the Program Manager as well as the MomCare Advisors.

Mrs. Maya-Fernandez brings years of experience from various areas in the for-profit sector. Mrs. Maya-Fernandez believes strongly that every baby deserves a Healthy Start in life and is passionate about the work she does at the Coalition.


 

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Mrs. Doris Nazario has been with the Coalition team since 2005. Ms. Nazario is the Executive Assistant. Ms. Nazario handles a wide range of responsibilities to ensure the smooth functioning of the office and its programs. She provides support to the CEO, Directors and Management Team.

Prior to joining the team, Mrs. Nazario worked as an Executive Assistant with one of our funded Healthy Start Providers for seventeen (17) years, providing support to the Administration’s CEO and Medical Director including various program departments. Mrs. Nazario brings over a decade’s worth of knowledge and expertise in the non-profit health services field.

She serves as a liaison between the Healthy Start Coalition and its contracted providers as well as providing on-going assistance and supervision of Administrative Support Staff. Mrs. Nazario earned an Executive Assistant secretarial diploma, along with a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the Florida International University.


Bookkeeper

ALMrs. Anny Loffredo works as a Bookkeeper for the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade and has been with the Team since June 2008.

Prior to working at the HSCMD, Mrs. Loffredo conducted several market studies and was the Sales Manager for Triple E Foliage. Moreover she was a Quality Control Inspector for Longwood Manufacturing, Inc., a bookkeeper, an Accountant for a private accounting firm, as well as a Consultant Accountant for 12 years.

Mrs. Loffredo studied Technical Accounting, Secretarial Studies and Industrial Engineering and holds various certifications in Leadership, Sales, Customer Service, in addition to other professional certifications held in Personal Development, Marketing, Communications, Business Management and Finance areas.

In 1993 she reallocated from New York to South Florida where she has held positions for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has also served as a volunteer teacher and coordinator for a faith based organization in South Florida for several years.

“I feel very happy and enthusiastic about the accomplishment of the coalition in the community and I am convinced that with our hard work we transform the present and create a promising and bright future for everyone”


Receptionist and Clerk

BHMs. Beatriz Hernandez serves as the Receptionist at the Coalition and has been with the team since November 2007. Ms.Hernandez is responsible for managing our reception area and ensuring out clients, customers and community partners are connected to the Team. In addition, Ms. Hernandez assist with the day-to-day administrative support such as mailings, filling and compiling information for reports to Management and Senior Management.

Ms. Hernandez has continued her professional growth in maternal and child health by participating in various seminars, conferences and trainings that have provided her with an in-depth understanding of the needs in the community.

 


 

YSMs. Yarisleivy Silva serves as the Clerk at the Coalition and has been with the team since September 2013. Ms. Silva is responsible to preparing Materials Distribution Forms for providers and other programs, maintain and keep accurate inventory of all items received by the Coalition and provide overall support and assistance to all departments within the Coalition.

Ms. Silva holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, a Certificate in Accounting Operations, a Certificate in Medical Terminology, and a Certificate in Human Resources Management. In addition, Ms. Silva has continued her professional growth in maternal and child health by recently becoming a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST).



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Welcome to the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade!

Our website is designed to provide a comprehensive and in-depth review of our organization, reflecting the pride we, at the Coalition, have in our commitment in ensuring that every baby gets a Healthy Start in life. It conveys our sense of mission and vision – to ensuring we are the leaders in maternal, infant and child health.

The Coalition’s culture is characterized by its ability to adapt quickly to our customer needs and changing health care landscape. From the Company’s start in 1992 to the present, our tradition of providing optimal customer service to the community partners we work with has driven continuous improvement in the way we operate and provide services. Every day, our services touch the lives of thousands of pregnant women and infants in Miami-Dade.

Through our website, you will discover our commitment to the maternal, infant and child health community in which we provide oversight on behalf of the State of Florida’s Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration. Our objectives are to: provide assistance to the various community partners who provide direct healthy start services to clients; our commitment in facilitating financial and programmatic oversight; and assessing the needs of the community to better serve future clients in need.

These are exciting times for the Coalition and I think that through our website and the work we do in the community you will get a sense of our expertise, passion, reliability, and innovative nature as you see our vision and commitment so that every child in our community can have a Healthy Start in life.

Manuel E. Fermin


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As a nonprofit organization, the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade relies on support from government funding and local sponsors and donors. With the help of our supporters we have been able to ensure that happier, healthier babies are born within our community.

Our Funders

 

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The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade was incorporated on April 1, 2001 and serves as part of a statewide network of community-based organizations to reduce Florida’s high infant mortality and improve the lives of pregnant women and their families. Please note that from 1992-2001, there was a previous Coalition under different leadership in which oversaw the Healthy Start system of care. The Coalition is responsible for the establishment and oversight of the Miami-Dade Healthy Start system, which includes directing local, state and federal funding and provides oversight to local community organizations that deliver direct services to pregnant women and families of newborns, continuous care coordination to pregnant women and children birth to age three, evaluating services and the needs of the community, and quality assurance and improvement responsibilities.

The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is responsible for Miami-Dade County. Also, the coalition is a member of the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalition’s, which affords the ability to work alongside a statewide group of Coalitions geared in achieving the Healthy Start program’s overall goals.

The Coalition is comprised of more than 150 members representing consumers, physicians, local government, business, social services, education, civic organizations, public health, nurses, local medical societies, mental health, hospitals, local health planning agencies and midwifery throughout the county and the surrounding areas. Standing committees of various areas of interest (i.e. Best Practice, Data, FIMR, Board of Directors, etc.) conduct the organization’s activities.

One of 32 community-based maternal and child health groups in the state, the Coalition is supported by the Florida Department of Health, Agency for Health Care Administration via the Healthy Start MomCare Network and the generosity of the community via donations, grants and other funding sources. Overall, on an annual basis the Coalition is responsible for the administration of approximately 10 million dollars. More than 90 percent of this funding is used to provide direct services to at-risk pregnant women, infants and families through contracts with community providers, MomCare, the Fetal & Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Project, the Jasmine Project, a federal Healthy Start initiative to reduce disparities in birth outcomes, Nurse Family Partnership and the Health Connect in the Early Years Program. In addition, we have a collaborative working relationship with Healthy Families, which is locally administered by Children’s Home Society. Remaining resources support planning, administration and community-based initiatives.

Mission

HSCMD’s mission is to ensure that all children in Miami-Dade County gets a Healthy Start in Life.

Vision

With too many babies dying from preventable causes due to various factors such as lack of adequate prenatal care, socio-economic conditions and other racial, social and economic reasons, the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade is the leading maternal infant and child health coalition leading the way in helping reduce these preventable deaths. In conjunction through the cooperation of elected officials, non-profit and profit organizations, local, state and federal government, local churches, business leaders and members of the community, infant mortality, racial and social disparities are substantially reduced by programs that address and support the entire family.


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