Florida Healthy Babies
This initiative is a coordinated effort of the Department’s Health Equity Program Council to promote the health and wellbeing of the youngest members of our community.
The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County is working with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office as well as other community partners to support breastfeeding families, ensuring that babies are given the best possible start in life.
Another key component of the program is the extensive effort to provide safe infant sleep education for expectant and new mothers and the rest of their support network.
The Health Equity Program Council continues to assist local efforts, monitor emerging research and determine how to expand best practices statewide. Although Florida has experienced declining morbidity and mortality rates among infants, disparities persist. The Department is committed to achieving health equity and eliminating these differences.