Healthy Start Coalition
of Miami-Dade

Maternal, Infant and Child Health Data

The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) promotes the health of pregnant women, infants and children through the analysis of trends in maternal and child health data and facilitates efforts aimed at developing strategies to improve maternal and child health outcomes through the compilation, review, and sharing of data.stock-footage-raising-financial-charts (1)

The HSCMD is dedicated to the goal of helping local MICH practitioners and community stakeholders improve their capacity to gather, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking. To this end, the HSCMD compiles and analyzes data; and prepares reports and community assessments that are geared toward framing and shaping the future of MICH in Miami-Dade County.

The sections herein include data on select maternal, infant and child health indicators, the HSCMD Needs Assessment, the HSCMD Healthy Start Program 2011-2015 Service Delivery Plan, and other relevant reports or data.

You may also visit Florida CHARTS, Florida Department of Health, Division of Public Health Statistics & Performance Management, website which houses an array of statistical data relating to all public health areas. You may click here, to be directly taken to this site. 

The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade has developed several reports that help illustrate and document the progress and accomplishments of the organization.

HSCMD Annual Report(s):

Community Report(s):

Fetal Infant Mortality Report(s):


Why Do Trend Analysis?

One of the hallmarks of epidemiologic analysis is the understanding that health outcomes in a population can only be fully understood if their frequency and distribution is examined in terms of person, place, and time. Trend analysis is one leg of this analytic triangle, and is used for public health surveillance and monitoring, for forecasting, for program evaluation, for policy analysis, and for etiologic analysis (investigation of potentially causal relationships between risk factors and outcomes). A study of time trends may focus, therefore, on one or more of the following:

The overall pattern of change in an indicator over time. The most general goal of trend analysis for public health surveillance is to discern whether the level of a health status, service, or systems indicator has increased or decreased over time, and if it has, how quickly or slowly the increase or decrease has occurred.

Comparing one time period to another time period. This form of trend analysis is carried out in order to assess the level of an indicator before and after an event. Evaluating the impact of programs, policy shifts, or medical and other technical advances may call for what is sometimes called interrupted time series analysis.

Comparing one geographic area to another. When comparing the level of an indicator across geographic areas, only looking at one point in time can be misleading. For instance, one area may have a higher value on an indicator in one year, but a lower value in the next–analyzing the trend over several years can give a more precise comparison of the two areas.

Comparing one population to another. When comparing the level of an indicator across populations, both absolute and relative differences are important. For instance, one population may have consistently higher rates over time compared to another population and the rates in both populations may be decreasing over time, but the disparity between the rates in the two populations at each point in time may be increasing or decreasing. Analyzing the trend over time can provide information about the changing rates and the changing disparity in the rates. Making future projections. Projecting rates into the future is a means of monitoring progress toward a national or local objective or simply providing an estimate of the rate of future occurrence. Projecting the potential number of future cases can aid in the planning of needed health and other related services and in defining corresponding resource requirements.

Source: Trend Analysis and Interpretation Report, Division of Science, Education and Analysis , Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Recent Florida Department of Health MCH Problem Health Analysis:

MCH Analysis 2013

MCH Analysis 2012

MCH Analysis 2011


The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade monitors numerous reports related to Maternal Infant and Child Health which are important indicators to the success of the program. Below, the following indicators are highlighted based on the need of our community and looking at data that helps illustrate current trends and needs in the community.

Infant Mortality Rates…

Live Births…

Low Birth Weight (LBW)…

Prenatal Care…

Preterm Birth…

Repeat Birth…


The current Healthy Start Needs Assessment 2011, is comprehensive and the only document of its kind in Miami- Dade County. It has been developed for the community and provides both broad and in-depth geographical reviews of the Healthy Start target population, its health status and the services designed to serve the population utilizing three regional planning areas.  Additionally, and most importantly, the Healthy Start Needs Assessment 2011 reflects the thoughts and opinions of the local community as expressed through a series of community discussions completed during the Summer and Fall of 2011.

Needs Assessment 2011 (Full Document)

Previous Needs Assessments:


The current Healthy Start Service Delivery Plan 2011, is comprehensive in detailing the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade’s progress and future plans. It has been developed to provide guidance and understanding of where the Coalition intends on providing services in the community to ensure it’s mission of reducing infant mortality, the number of low birth weight and pre-term birth and improve maternal and child health developmental outcomes are achieved. Additionally, and most importantly, the Healthy Start Service Delivery Plan 2011 reflects the thoughts and opinions of the local community as expressed through a series of community discussions completed during the Summer and Fall of 2011.

 Please click below for our Current and Previous Service Delivery Plans: