Healthy Baby Taskforce / Florida Healthy Babies

About Us

In March, 2016, the Florida Department of Health launched the Florida Healthy Babies initiative, a statewide collaborative to positively influence social determinants of health and reduce racial disparities in infant mortality. This project focuses on a social determinants of health approach to close the gap among Non-Hispanic Black and Non-Hispanic White infants. Data findings from the Miami-Dade County infant mortality analysis was used to inform the community and aid in developing intervention strategies at the local level to address health disparities and inequalities. The Healthy Baby Taskforce engages numerous partners to address the complex health inequities present in our community. The taskforce works to positively influence social determinants with evidence-based interventions.

To decrease maternal and infant morbidity and mortality: Maternal morbidity and mortality is the death of a woman as a result of a pregnancy-related condition. Infant mortality is the death of an infant before his or her first birthday.

Taskforce Activites

  • Development of a resource guide to better link the community to health services
  • Development of a social marketing campaign to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration in Miami-Dade County
  • Development of a health educational campaign

Meeting Information

The sub-committee meets every third Friday of each month, following the Children Issues Committee, at the United Way of Miami-Dade Center for Excellence 3250 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33129 from 12:30PM-2:00PM.

Committee Facilitators

Lead: Esther McCant, Metro Mommy Agency

Co-Lead: Tenesha Avent, Health Council of South Florida

Liaison: Candice Schottenloher,, 305-234-5400 Ext. 8855

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