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


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Florida Covering Kids & Families

Florida Covering Kids & Families (FL-CKF) works collaboratively with Florida agencies and stakeholders to help ensure all Floridians have access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage. The initiative aims to foster and facilitate innovative methods for enrolling eligible individuals and families in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, and enrolling eligible children in Florida's publicly funded insurance programs (Florida KidCare & Medicaid).

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Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) is a consortium of professionals dedicated to the advancement of perinatal health care. Housed in the Chiles Center at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, the FPQC works alongside our partners to achieve the goal of advancing the health and well-being of all Florida mothers and infants. Our mission is to always provide the best evidence-based perinatal care possible, and to further that care through data-driven education and training.

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Maternal Infant & Childhood Home Visiting Initiative

Florida MIECHV is results-focused. Data are collected by the local implementation sites on participating families, services and outcomes around the six focus areas of the initiative. These data are used for federal reporting and to guide program management at the state and community levels.

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Birth Defects Surveillance Program

The Birth Defects Surveillance Program (BDSP), in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Birth Defects Registry (FBDR), perform birth defects surveillance and research. The BDSP focuses on improving the accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of the Florida Birth Defects Registry by performing statewide enhanced surveillance of select major birth defects.

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Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems project will contribute to Florida’s ongoing processes and progress towards the goals and objectives of developmental and maternal depression screening and referral rates by facilitating monitoring of data trends and through reflective qualitative processes.