Professional Development: Maternal and Infant Health Topics

These FREE online and on-site events are being offered to home visiting staff from MIECHV-funded programs and their community partners serving families with young children. Please take advantage of these great opportunities to update your knowledge and skills, gain insight on emerging issues and spark renewed passion and creativity in serving Florida’s children and families. Check your calendar and register now!


Breastfeeding Counselor Course
Nov. 15 – 17, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Indian River State College: Dixon Hendry Campus
Room A100
2229 NW 9th Ave
Okeechobee, Florida 34972

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This is a Healthy Start approved course for coding, and provides foundation knowledge in breastfeeding promotion, initiation and problem solving. This training earns 20 CEU’s for RN’s, RD, ARNP, and LPN. Trainees will also earn 19.5 LCERPS. There is no additional cost, and these are filed in CE Broker.

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) 101
Nov. 21, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center
210 East 11th Street
Panama City, Florida 32401

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This one day workshop will introduce the principles of continuous quality improvement and methods of problem solving. The course will provide details on the application and quality improvement tools to improve processes in a home visiting program with opportunities for practice

CI&R Decision Tree Webinar
Nov. 29, 2017
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Web conference

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Healthy Start Coalitions will share local decision trees that they are developing and/or testing as they prepare for CI&R in July 2018.

Social Determinants of Health Series: Advocacy in Florida’s Medicaid Managed Care Program
Nov. 30, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.


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This webinar will provide advocacy strategies in assisting individuals enrolled in Medicaid managed care programs. The webinar will provide an overview of the structure of the managed care program, who are mandatory and voluntary participants, enrollment procedures, and appeal rights with needed services are denied. This will help home visitors better assist families in navigating health insurance services options for them and their children.

Child Abuse and Neglect
Dec. 5 – 6, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WellFlorida Council, Inc.
1785 NW 80th Blvd.
Gainesville, Florida 32606

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In the Child Abuse and Neglect training, participants will learn about the statutory definitions of abuse and neglect, the indicators of child abuse and neglect, prevention strategies that can be used with families, the role as a mandated reporter and how to make a call to the abuse hotline. Participants engage in role-playing exercises and view videos to reinforce ideas discussed.

Engaging and Retaining Substance-Involved Families Webinar
Dec. 6, 2017
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


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Substance-using clients can be difficult to engage and challenging to retain. Home visitors need steady support and supervision while working with this population. This presentation explores the delicate dance of engaging and retaining substance-involved families, while motivating clients to consider treatment options and regularly engage in program supports. Participants will be provided with an overview on substance use disorders, current trends, and treatment options in Florida. Participants will learn how to shape and adapt engagement techniques and client interactions to align with a client’s change process. Supervisors and Program Managers will increase their understanding of their critical role in providing reflective supervision, guidance and support to home visitors as they seek to engage and retain this challenging population.

Safe Baby
Dec. 8, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mary Lee’s House
2806 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, Florida 33607

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This is a one-day training for staff on Safe Baby Curriculum. This training is in partnership with the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County to adopt the Safe BabySM curriculum. It was made specifically for Home Visitors, but is applicable to all infant care professionals. This curriculum will be used as part of our home safety education resources when addressing the following concerns: Safe Sleep, Coping with Crying/Shaken Baby Syndrome and Choosing a Caregiver.

Jan. 26, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WellFlorida Council, Inc.
1785 NW 80th Blvd.
Gainesville, Florida 32606

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Boundaries training addresses issues participants may face when working with families. Various types of boundaries are discussed as well as the impact of these boundaries on the helping relationship. Strategies are addressed for balancing personal and professional boundaries.

Source: Alexa Kyros, Training Coordinator at Healthy Families Florida

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WellFlorida Council, Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1969. We are the state designated local health council for 16 counties in North Central Florida and specialize in health-related consultancy for clients and projects throughout Florida.

Proudly serving the following Florida counties:
Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union.

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1785 NW 80th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32606
P: 352-313-6500
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