Maternal Child Health & the Environment

Maternal Child Health & the Environment Resources

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County (FL DOH), Office of Community Health & Planning, is pleased to present the following resources. The Community Health Resources Map is embedded below; all other materials are available to download at the bottom of the page.

Community Health Resources Map

This interactive map hosted on Google contains a variety of health resource providers in Miami-Dade, primarily in South Dade and Homestead. Each entry contains a description and contact information. The map contains the following categories:

Behavioral Health Resources

Community Based Services


Disability Resources

Domestic Violence Resources

Educational Programs

Faith-Based Organizations

Health Programs

Parent & Family Support

Environmental Public Health Tracking Project

This project was based on research by FL DOH that reviewed infant mortality rates and ratios in Miami-Dade County (MDC), and further examined specific infant and maternal health factors in conjunction with social determinants of health. Results from the analysis revealed that while progress has been made in reducing infant mortality rates overall for MDC, infant mortality rates still vary greatly by race and ethnicity. In particular, the research found that many of MDC’s resources are concentrated in the central and northern parts of the County, leaving a limited number of resources available in Southern Region.

This study, entitled “Environmental Public Health Tracking Project”, builds on this previous research by analyzing reproductive health outcomes for infants in the South Dade and Homestead areas of MDC. The relationship or association between the following pair of indicators was examined as they relate to the Southern Region: preterm birth and poverty, preterm birth and proximity to a congested roadway, and infant mortality and the uninsured. A degree of association was found between preterm birth and poverty, and preterm birth and proximity to a congested roadway; no association was found between infant mortality and the uninsured.

The study was conducted by the FL DOH in conjunction with the Health Council of South Florida.

Maternal Child Health and the Environment

There are two presentations available, one for the community and one for health professionals. Both presentations define infant and maternal mortality, then cover their importance and why we should focus on them in Miami-Dade County (MDC). They also highlight the environment’s role in health and the outcomes that come from it. Finally, they identify hot spots where environmental concerns overlap with the infant and maternal mortality rates in MDC. The community presentation is focused on covering basic concepts and providing information on all of MDC. The presentation for health professionals differs from the community presentation in that it offers more in-depth information and statistics they may find useful in their day-to-day care.

Social Media and Outreach Toolkit

In order to add to local efforts to increase awareness of infant mortality, maternal mortality, and the environment’s role in our health, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade has created a toolkit that includes messages and images for organizations and individuals to share on social media platforms.

Valerie TurnerMaternal Child Health & the Environment