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 Activities

Currently, Health Baby Taskforce is in collaboration and participating in a breastfeeding Facebook Live media campaign with the City of Miami Gardens. They have a grant that is to promote breastfeeding within their community through a series of Facebook Live shows that will take place on a weekly basis. The City of Miami Gardens is currently working with Jessie Trice Community Health System on a breastfeeding project specifically for mom and families residing within the City of Miami Gardens.

During these shows, we will have experts in this field to discuss and share with the community about the basics and importance of breastfeeding, the role of fathers supporting their partner and family, health and wellness tips related to breastfeeding during this time of COVID-19.

The Facebook Live Program series will run every week on Thursday’s at 3 p.m. This will begin on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 and run weekly until Thursday, June 25th, 2020. Please see program series below.

Program Series

June 4th: Breastfeeding 101 at 3 p.m.










June 11th: Dads Too! at 3 p.m.

June 18th: The Breastfeeding Experience at 3 p.m.









June 25th: Proactivity and Tips for Breastfeeding at 3 p.m.









July 2nd: Breastfeeding 101 by WIC at 3 p.m.









Participating agencies with this effort include:

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-1:30PM. Currently, the Taskforce is meeting virtually via the Go To Meeting platform. If you have any questions or need access to the meeting link, please contact the Taskforce liaison for further details.

Committee Facilitators

Lead: Esther McCant, Metro Mommy Agency

Co-Lead: Tenesha Avent, March of Dimes

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

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