Infant Mortality Outreach & Prevention

Best for Broward Babies

Best for Broward Babies is a county-wide collaboration of community and government agencies whose goal is to strengthen the family unit, save babies’ lives,  and address the increased rate of black fetal and infant deaths in the county.

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, in collaboration with the Broward County Human Service Department, Community Partnerships Division, launched the Best for Broward Babies initiative in October 2010 as a result of funds generously provided by the National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion. Best for Broward Babies local funders include the AD Henderson Foundation, Lillian S. Wells Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward. To learn more, visit

Cribs for Kids

HMHB of Broward’s Cribs for Kids (CFK) program was the first CFK chapter in the state of Florida. Hundreds of Graco Pack N’ Play cribs are given out each year for infants whose families are unable to afford them. Too many infant deaths are caused by unsafe sleeping environments, and if the provision of these cribs prevents even one infant death, the program is successful. Mothers and other caregivers are provided with education on SIDS, Back to Sleep, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and other vital sleep related information.

The CRIBS program is sponsored in part by the United Way of Broward.

For more information and to apply, please contact Cribs for Kids program manager at (954) 765-0550  ext. 326.

Fatherhood Mentorship Program

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc. (HMHB of Broward) is launching a Community Fatherhood Initiative to create a comprehensive coalition of resources for fathers and families primarily throughout the black community. The Community Fatherhood Initiative is a joint effort with key agencies to build community collaboration, address the fragmentation of existing fatherhood programs and develop a program based on these issues to fill the gaps in service. The program aims to encourage father involvement beginning at conception and throughout the entire life of the child.

To learn more, contact program manager, Samuel Brown at, or call (954) 765-0550 ext #325

The Mahogany Project

The Mahogany Project is a community-based project targeting pregnant high-risk women in the 33311 area. The program provides intensive case management services including childbirth education, nutrition, breastfeeding and infant care to high-risk mothers. Mothers will improve their health and learn how to monitor the health of their baby as well as improve their knowledge of community resources, including education and employment, necessary elements on the road to a healthy family.

- Pregnant in the 1st or 2nd trimester (up to 24 week gestation)
- 20-30 years old
- Live in the 33311 Zip Code
- Low Income
- Lack of Family Support
- Other risks associated with poor birth outcomes

For more information, please contact program manager, Sharetta J. Remikie, MBA at, or call (954) 767-9919 ext #22

Mocha Milk

“Mocha Milk” is a weekly group session where breastfeeding education is provided. The groups presents breastfeeding information geared to women of color. Babies who are breastfed have fewer infections, benefit from additional cholesterol which leads to improved brain development, and are at lower risk of SIDS.  Breastfeeding education is led by a contracted experienced lactation consultant.Groups are conducted at the Mount Olive Development Corporation (MODCO) 401 NW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311.

For more information, please contact Sharetta Remikie, MBA, Program Manager at (954) 767-9919 x 22.

Fetal & Infant Mortality Review

The Fetal & Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is a partnership between the medical community and social service professionals who engage in intensive reviews of infant and fetal deaths in an effort to identify trends that can be addressed by agencies within the community. Funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward, Broward Healthy Start Coalition and United Way, FIMR looks behind the numbers to discover what is happening on a personal, as well as institutional level, with the goal of enhancing the health and well-being of infants and their families through improved community resources and delivery systems. It is through the Community Resource Team’s (CRT) recommendations to the Community Action Group (CAG), new initiatives are created to improve community resources and service delivery systems available to women, infants and families.

Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) is a methodology that assists in the categorization of fetal and infant deaths into four key areas: maternal health/prematurity, maternal care, newborn care, and infant health. This provides greater insight into where interventions will be most effective by helping reviewers to identify key factors contributing to the death rate while eliminating others. PPOR findings are then incorporated into the case selection process for FIMR.


View the 2011 Safe Sleep Report for Broward County for information on Safe Sleep Practices, SIDS and sleep related deaths.

Forget Me Not / Healing Your Heart

The Forget Me Not® program began in 1996 as a means of recognizing the babies of Broward County who had passed away before their 1st birthday. Sadly, more than 300 babies die in Broward County each year. It may be complications of birth/prematurity, SIDS/SUID, unsafe sleep environments, unforeseen accidents – the list is endless. Through Forget Me Not, HMHB of Broward is able to aid families during this tragic time in their lives and help them to recover.

All families, regardless of income, can contact FIMR Program Manager Sandra Despagne at or by calling (954) 765-0550 ext. 344, to receive emotional support through our private peer bereavement support and/or the Healing Your Heart support group.

Both opportunities for bereavement guidance are offered by trained specialists who understand the inexpressible and overwhelming sadness felt during a time of loss. One-on-one peer support is offered via telephone or in person to any mother or father who needs help in the weeks and months following the death of their baby.

Bereaved families are also encouraged to join Healing Your Heart on the second Thursday of each month to be in company of others who are feeling the pain and sadness as well. During such a tragic time, it’s good to know you’re not alone and HMHB of Broward is there to help.