Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center - Serving Women, Children & Families


Service Programs

Principle Investigator and Project Director: Jodi Ray, M.A.

Florida Covering Kids & Families (FL-CKF) works collaboratively with Florida agencies and stakeholders to advocate and conduct outreach for Florida KidCare health insurance programs. The initiative aims to foster and facilitate innovative methods for enrolling and retaining eligible children in Florida's publicly funded insurance programs. FL-CKF also maintains strong channels of communication with local communities in order to reduce health disparities for special populations.

FL -CKF convenes the Florida Covering Kids & Families Statewide Coalition, a group with broad representation from Florida’s agencies, organizations, key leaders from child advocacy groups, child care organizations, provider groups, private health plans, private coverage programs for low-income children, the business community, minority organizations, and numerous state agencies. We have statewide partnerships reaching into school systems, health care alliances, businesses, children’s hospitals and our statewide coalition. Of the more than 9 million uninsured children in the United States, 712,000 reside in Florida. We work closely with Florida organizations to help identify these eligible children by sharing best-practices and innovative outreach methods.

For over ten years, FL-CKF has worked to ensure that all of Florida’s eligible, uninsured children are enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - called Florida KidCare. For more information on the Florida KidCare program and how to apply, please visit Florida KidCare. For more information on the work of Florida Covering Kids & Families please visit our webpage at

Principal Investigator: John S. Curran, M.D.

The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) seeks to improve maternal and infant health by improving the quality of health care for all women and infants in Florida before, during and after pregnancy. Funded through a grant by the March of Dimes, the collaborative is taking part in the Big 5 Initiative with California, Illinois, New York, and Texas.

The “Big 5” states contribute nearly 40% of all births in the U.S. each year. These five states have joined together to develop a common vision for data driven perinatal quality improvement approaches using the reduction of preterm births as a primary focus, in addition to the identification of data systems and tools to monitor specific perinatal measures.

The first project of the collaborative is to engage six Florida hospitals to participate in a year-long pilot test of the “California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Elimination of Non-medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age” toolkit. The goal of this toolkit is to guide and support obstetrical providers, clinical staff, hospitals, and healthcare organizations to develop efficient and successful quality improvement programs to eliminate elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks.

Collaborating partners include the Florida Chapter of the March of Dimes; Florida’s Department of Health; Florida Obstetrics and Gynecology Society; Florida Society of Neonatologists; Florida Section of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Florida Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical, and Neonatal Nurses; Florida Council of Nurse Midwives; University of Florida; Florida Hospital Association; Agency for Health Care Administration; Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions; and the March of Dimes Big 5 team.

For more information, contact Linda A. Detman at