MIAMI — Announcing that more infant lives are being saved than ever before, and the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) will host its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating 10 Years of Accomplishments,” which include 2010 marking Miami-Dade County’s lowest infant mortality rates on record. The event will also recognize “Champions of Change,” local hospitals for their evidence-based maternity care.

“We are ecstatic to mark 10 years of accomplishments in the field of maternal, infant and child health,” said Manuel Fermin, CEO of HSCMD. “We are leading the charge to save our young children’s lives by raising infant mortality awareness, educating parents and providing much-needed services to the community.”

Highlights of the Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony include reviewing 10 years of achievement countywide. Chief among them is the declining local infant mortality rate, a key indicator of HSCMD programming success. Miami-Dade’s 2010 infant mortality rate was reported at 4.4 (138) deaths per 1,000 births,  a decrease from 5.8 (188) deaths in 2009 and 5.2 (174) in 2008, and well below the statewide 6.5 (1,400) rate.

HSCMD has also joined with the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association to present the “Champions of Change” evidence-based maternity care awards. Eleven local hospitals and birthing centers will be recognized for launching efforts to provide optimal levels of infant feeding care. 

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHERE: The Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail

ADMISSION: $55 per person, $500 per table, sponsorship opportunities with varying degrees of benefits. Reserve and pay online at hscmd.org or contact Karen Liederman at 786- 942-5660

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