Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County Inc.
1040 Woodcock Rd
Suite 215
Orlando FL 32803
Contact Information
Address 1040 Woodcock Rd
Suite 215
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone (407) 228-1478
Fax (407) 228-1485
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Every Baby Deserves a Healthy Start


The mission of the Orange County Healthy Start Coalition is to improve maternal and child health in Orange County through community partnerships.


The Orange County Healthy Start Coalition will be the leader in Maternal and Child Health to ensure all babies have a Healthy Start.

CEO/Executive Director Linda Hanlon Sutherland
Board Chair Dr Lauren Josephs PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Visionary Vanguard Group
IRS Ruling Year 1992
Former Names
Orange County Healthy Start Coalition2012
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
Projected Revenue $3,139,091.00
Projected Expenses $3,120,241.00


The mission of the Orange County Healthy Start Coalition is to improve maternal and child health in Orange County through community partnerships.


The Orange County Healthy Start Coalition will be the leader in Maternal and Child Health to ensure all babies have a Healthy Start.


As the leader in maternal-child health issues for Orange County, the HSCOC works to ensure all babies are born healthy. Our goal is to reduce infant mortality and the number of babies born too soon or too small.

Healthy Start works by first providing pregnant women a risk-assessment screening for factors that place them at high risk for having a poor birth outcome (premature/low birth weight baby, fetal or infant death).


For those who score at-risk, the Healthy Start program then offers them an array of services (e.g., health education, home visits, case management, counseling, etc.) that have been shown to decrease a woman’s risk for these poor outcomes.
Newborns are also screened at birth and their parents are offered similar services to promote health and developmental outcomes. These services are provided through contracts and collaborations with community providers. In the last ten years,

Healthy Start has contributed to a 21% decrease in Orange County’s infant mortality rate. In addition, our low birth weight rate has decreased significantly. This represents almost 100 fewer babies born too soon or too small who would have begun their lives in the neonatal intensive care unit.

An average stay for a premature or low birth weight baby costs our healthcare system $49,457; thus, Orange County realized a savings of almost $5 Million dollars because of these healthy births. However, a disparity between Black and White infant mortality rates exists: twice as many Black babies die or are born with low birth weight as White babies. This is a troubling statistic that we are working to reduce.

As the lead agency for maternal-child health issues, we work diligently to ensure that our clients’ needs are met and that services are not duplicated. We hold interagency agreements with both HFO and the Part C program and participate in many agencies’ boards of directors and/or committee activities to ensure we have a community safety net for at risk families. These efforts help ensure our service system is integrated and unduplicated.



2016-2017 End of Year Report



Celebrated 25 years of service to Orange County 


1) 12,424 women and infants served

2) first graduating class of our Nurse Family Partnership program 

3) DOH audit completed without problems

4) Website improved and content added

4) Expanded Boot Camp for New Dads 

5) Continued Community Foundation’s Donor’s Edge accreditation

6) grant from PCAN to fund 5 ACA navigators

7) Healthy and Ready to Learn Books distributed with ELCOC funding

8)  Show your love campaign continued

9) 39 Weeks Campaign renewed

10) Received grant from March of Dimes for prematurity prevention

11)        Increased media presence 

12)  Partnership with FL Healthcare Coalition for work with self insured companies on healthier pregnancies
13)  Held community meeting to address opioid use among pregnant women
14)  Increased partnership with local hospital NICUs
15) Had a float in the MLK parade educating about safe sleep practices

Goals for 2017-2018

Increase visibility in the community of services offered. 
Increase fundraising to better serve clients in need.  



Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No

Needs Statement – Our 5 most pressing needs are:

·         Annual support of our required community match dollars

·         Support (participation and funding) to continue our education and outreach program that addresses racial disparities, “Save Our Babies”

·         Assistance with marketing and funding our message that “healthy pregnancy = healthy baby”

·         Donations of baby items for families in need (from cribs and car seats to diapers, blankets and books)

·         Expertise in and donated time for grant writing


 Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County is part of a statewide initiative designed to ensure every baby in our state gets a “healthy start” in life. Our goals are to reduce infant mortality and the number of low birth weight babies (<5.5 lbs.) and to improve health and developmental outcomes of pregnant women and infants. When babies are born too soon and too small, our entire community is affected because data show that a dollar invested in preventing a premature or low birth weight birth will save almost seven dollars in later, high-end costs: these babies cost more during their hospital stay and are much more likely to have lower IQs, developmental delays, learning disabilities, behavior problems, poor school performance and to drop out and/or end up in the justice system. In 1991 our legislature enacted the Healthy Start Initiative in response to Florida’s poor standing nationally on key maternal and infant health indicators - infant mortality, prematurity, low birth weight, and access to prenatal care. Florida consistently ranked near the bottom of the other states in these birth outcomes. Since then, Healthy Start has been cited as a national model for relevant and effective maternal and infant care. Healthy Start works by first providing pregnant women a risk-assessment screening for factors that place them at high risk for having a poor birth outcome (premature/low birth weight baby, fetal or infant death). For those who score at-risk, the Healthy Start program then offers them an array of services (e.g., health education, case management, counseling, etc.) that have been shown to decrease a woman’s risk for these poor outcomes. Newborns are also screened at birth and parents are offered similar services to promote their infant’s health and developmental outcomes. Our funding for Healthy Start comes from federal maternal-child health monies and from state general revenue; this funding is given to the Coalitions who, by statute, contract with local providers to address local maternal-child health needs. Unfortunately, our legislature has never fully-funded our program and Healthy Start serves only approximately 45% of the need statewide. Our program is not income-based because any woman can be at risk for poor outcomes. Therefore we target our services to effectively provide women with the education, support and resources they need to improve their chances of having a healthy birth and healthy baby.

CEO Statement  

Healthy Start, a public private partnership, provides the foundation for early intervention, child protection, and school readiness.Since the Healthy Start Initiative was passed by the Florida Legislature in 1991, the state’s infant mortality rate has decreased as more women have been able to access prenatal care and support services. We work diligently to prevent birth defects, low birth weight and poor birth outcomes because not only do they cause heartbreak to families, they can contribute to developmental delays, behavioral problems, school issues, low self-esteem and even justice system involvement.

The Coalition is responsible for assessing prenatal and infant healthcare needs, funding services to address them, and ensuring that the services funded are cost-effective and have measurable outcomes. Because Black infants die at twice the rate of White infants, our Coalition has made eliminating racial disparities a top priority.

Healthy Start provides a risk-assessment screening for all pregnant women to identify factors that place them at high risk for having a poor birth outcome (premature/low birth weight baby, fetal or infant death). For those who score at-risk, our program then offers women an array of services that have been shown to decrease their risk for these poor outcomes. Newborns are also screened at birth and parents are offered similar services to promote their child’s health and developmental outcomes. Much of our work is done in the home. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 1998 indicated that such home visiting programs reduce children’s criminal and antisocial behavior, even 15 years after home visits ended. In 2014, through a grant from United Way, we also added the evidence based program, Nurse Family Partnership, to our list of programs. It is designed for first time, low income, at risk mothers and we are providing it in 2 zip codes. We hope to expand as funds become available.

Healthy Start is a sound investment. For every dollar spent on preventing an unhealthy birth, $6 is saved in neonatal intensive care costs, recurrent hospital and medical expenses, exceptional and remedial education, child abuse and neglect investigations, disability and dependency costs. Every baby deserves a “Healthy Start”.

Board Chair Statement


I am proud to be the chair of the board of the Healthy Start Coalition of
Orange County. The board and staff of the Coalition have done and continue to
do a lot of hard work to advance the maternal child health agenda and awareness
in Orange County. All members of the board believe passionately in the work we
do. We have seen the needs in our community grow and we have done our best to
meet the needs with the funding available.

We have diligently tried to stay on top of trends and needs in the community
and stay intimately involved in all child and family advocacy venues. In
particular, the Director has taken every opportunity to connect services for
families and serve as the voice at the table for maternal and child health. Our
Coalition continues to be the “go to” organization for maternal and infant
health statistics and research information.

The service delivery process, updated every five years, is very comprehensive
in nature. The deliverables to the state Department of Health and Agency for Healthcare Administration are very strenuously
reviewed and monitored and we have an official audit done annually.

I know Healthy Start provides a much needed service to at risk families in our
community. By working with these families during their most vulnerable time;
pregnancy and new parenthood, we are truly making a positive impact on the

Unfortunately, during these tough economic times, our program is having
difficulty keeping up with the needs. (When Healthy Start was created in 1992,
the program was only funded at about 45% of need.) The growing number of
undocumented in our community is another
challenge, since those pregnant women are not eligible for any government
assistance. Once the babies are born, the infants will be United States
citizens, but the mothers receive no funding or coverage for their pre-natal
care. All in all, the program is an excellent investment, since early
intervention services provided by Healthy Start reduce the need for more
intensive services and community resources later in life. The community is
definitely stronger and healthier because of the Healthy Start Coalition and we
believe “Every Baby Deserves a Healthy Start”.



Lauren Josephs, PhD


Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County Board of Directors


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Our work is the first step in the Cradle to Career continuum. If babies are not born healthy or have appropriate bonding, etc. they are likely to have developmental delays or other problems that cause more deep end costs and interventions. 
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Health Care
Primary Organization SubType Health Support
Secondary Organization Type Human Services
Secondary Organiztion SubType Family Services
Tertiary Organization Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Organization SubType Community Coalitions
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Orange
We are part of a statewide maternal child health network while still an independent non-profit. Our area to cover is Orange County but we work collaboratively throughout the state.
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
The Primary goals of the Healthy Start initiative are to reduce infant mortality and morbidity, to improve pregnancy outcomes and to enhance the health and development of children from birth to age three.
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?  


We will work toward our goals by contracting with the Orange County Dept. of Health for care coordination services to include case management and home visitation for at risk families.

We also contract with them to provide the Nurse Family Partnership program in 2 zip codes. It is for first time, low income, at risk mothers and is an evidence based intensive home visitation program with only nurses providing services.  

We will contract with Aspire to provide mental health counseling for at risk mothers. We will contract with an outreach worker to go into neighborhoods and inform the community about Healthy Start services. We will contract with someone in Apopka to do outreach to farmworkers. We will contract with a local midwife for services. We will continue to support the Healthy Start Mall which is used as an incentive for  our at risk moms to get wraparound services. We will continue our focus on reducing racial disparities in birth outcomes by utilizing our Infant Mortality Task Force. We will continue our focus on the importance of fathers by supporting our Boot Camp for New Dads program. We will utilize our Resource Development Committee to determine ways to raise needed funds. We will continue to seek grant funding to bring needed programs to our at risk families.

HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?  


Our nonprofit organization been in existence since 1992 and has proven capable of handling a 3M+ budget for over 20 years. These dollars have come from state and federal dollars. Over and above that, we have received over a million dollars in grant funding. We also receive private donations. All of our annual CPA audits have been clean with no findings and our contract reviews from the FL DOH have been stellar.

Our staff has been hired for their special skills to help us manage our tasks and we have very little turnover. The Executive Director has been in place for over 15 years, and our Assistant Director, who is also a nurse, for over 17 years.

HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?  


In order to show we are making a difference, we monitor all maternal and child health related statistics by zip code. We also do a community needs assessment every 5 years to make sure our overall priorities are in order. We communicate and collaborate with other community agencies to reduce or eliminate duplication of services. We hold focus groups with our care coordinators to ensure we are responding to client needs appropriately and we also do satisfaction surveys of our clients and program participants. For our education programs a pre and post test is given to ensure we are increasing knowledge.

HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?  


 We have seen a decline in infant mortality in our county by a significant percentage. We have seen increased awareness of the importance of prenatal care and therefore have one of highest rates in the state for first trimester entry into prenatal care. We have educated the community about racial disparities in birth outcomes. We have a successful evidence based Nurse Family Partnership program in place. We have seen a decline in teen pregnancies through some of our efforts. We have trained over 1000 dads through our Boot Camp for New Dads, making us the fastest growing affiliate in the country. We have increased the knowledge in the community of the importance of investing in the early years to make a long term difference socially and economically.

We have learned that it really matter who delivers the message and it must be in a culturally competent manner.

We know there is much work left to be done.

Description To ensure every baby gets a healthy start in life, Healthy Start begins with risk-assessment forms given to the woman at her first prenatal visit and then to the family at the infant’s birth to determine eligibility for the program (a score >6); however, providers may refer based on professional judgment and families may self-refer. Depending on risk items indicated on the form, care coordinators work with the woman and her family to ameliorate these risks through our services which include case management, childbirth education, smoking cessation, parenting, nutrition and breastfeeding support, mental health counseling, Boot Camp for New Dads, and/or referrals to community agencies. Most of these services are provided through home visiting. Women are eligible for Healthy Start from pregnancy through the post-partum period and infants until age 3. Before hospital discharge after birth, we provide women with interconception education (family planning, 2-year baby spacing, nutrition/physical activity, etc.) because research shows that women’s health status before pregnancy is a critical factor in the health of the (next) pregnancy.
Population Served Females
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Our 3-year average rates for infant mortality, fetal mortality, low birth weight and prematurity are lower now than in 2004-06. (Average rate provide an indication of the trend to account for annual fluctuations.)
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. HSCOC has continued to meet all our state-required performance measures regarding numbers of women and infants screened, numbers consenting to our program, contacts made and services provided.  While rates fluctuate year to year, we have achieved an overall 12.3% decrease in our infant mortality rate in Orange County since Healthy Start began in 1991.  In addition, more women are able to access prenatal care in their first trimester, fewer women smoke during pregnancy (a leading cause of low birth weight) and more are breastfeeding.  We continue to be a partner at all community discussions regarding school readiness because we believe that healthy pregnancies are the foundation for healthy children ready to learn.  Our care coordination services are contracted to the Orange County Health Department and the Healthy Start staff continues to provide high quality service to our families.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We perform quality assurance activities on a quality basis according to our "Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines" which cover activities of our contracted providers as well as the Coalition itself.  Every quarter we require each provider to submit a review of client records to ensure program quality; we conduct a review of records annually.  In addition, we must meet performance measures with the Dept. of Health regarding requirements of clients screened and served.  In turn, the Coalitions develop unique performance measures with their local providers based on the services and how they are provided.  Finally, we monitor our rates of birth outcome indicators (infant and fetal deaths, low birth weight, prematurity, first-trimester care, etc.) through our program's data system and the Office of Vital Statistics.  Media interviews with our clients consistently show the positive impact of Healthy Start services in their lives.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. While there are too many to list all, examples from our annual report for our local Healthy Start program itself showed the following successes: 1) 80% of clients who smoke will indicate they have decreased/stopped. MET: 81.4%  2) 95% of clients will be offered interconception health information. MET: 97% 3) 85% of infants will receive developmental assessment with follow-up.  MET 91%  4) 85% of client satisfaction surveys will indicate "excellent/good". MET 100% 5) 85 % of reviewed cases will have no negative findings.  MET 98%  Our prenatal care providers met the 95% screening requirement for their patients.  Our mental health provider (Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare) exceeded its requirement that 90% of Healthy Start Care Coordinators will agree that their referred patients are benefiting from their therapy.  As a Coalition, we exceeded our DOH-contracted measure of 63% for prenatal screening rate by reaching 80% of all pregnant women; we exceeded the 66% infant screening rate by achieving 68% (a much more difficult screening to ensure because of the common one-day hospital stay after birth).
Description Clients who keep prenatal care appointments, attend classes, accomplish goals in their care plans, and make positive health choices like choosing breastfeeding or quitting/decreasing smoking, etc. earn points for use at our Healthy Start Mall. At any time, they may “cash in” their accumulated points for various items in our Mall, including receiving blankets, tummy time mats, boppys, outlet safety plugs, baby’s first books, bibs, portable cribs, gift cards for mom, and many more. These “free” gifts provide encouragement and motivation to clients to take the steps they need to have healthier pregnancies and babies. We have discovered that our incentive program works! Our care coordinators report that more clients are keeping their home visiting and prenatal care appointments, are attending childbirth and parenting classes, are making healthier food choices, are trying harder to quit smoking, etc. These women are cashing in their points in steadily increasing numbers, requiring an ongoing need for funds to replenish supplies continually.
Population Served
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The number of women who are meeting their family support plan goals has increased since the incentive of the Healthy Start Mall.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We monitor the progress of the clients and what they are doing to earn the points needed to access the items in the mall.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
More attention is paid to meeting program goals and objectives when a client has an incentive such as the mall, which often is the only place they can get those desired items. We often get thank you letters.

The Healthy Start Coalition conducts Boot
Camp for New Dads
(BCND) in Orange County. BCND is a nationally-recognized,
promising best-practice program that provides expectant/new fathers the
opportunity to understand their role as father and the importance of early
bonding, to gain parenting skills, and to connect with other fathers in a
"safe", non-threatening, relaxed environment through the facilitation
of a "veteran" dad. This veteran dad of an older baby shares his
knowledge and experience and gives "rookie" dads the opportunity to
hold and burp a baby, change a diaper and to begin to gain confidence, new skills
and a deeper understanding of the child's developmental needs. He also shares
information about the common experiences men in general have, including their
relationships with the baby's mother and how to be a partner in parenting their
child. Topics of infant safety, importance of breastfeeding, infant soothing
techniques, supporting the new mom, etc. can all be discussed and questions
asked in a relaxed manner; a man is more likely to address his fears and
concerns when other men are speaking about theirs. By witnessing how other
fathers are with their children, fathers also learn about themselves; they
learn they are not backup substitute mothers but are important in their own
right and for different reasons. This knowledge promotes the bonding and attachment
with their child which is critical for an ongoing relationship with that

Population Served
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The program works with new dads and has a high rate of satisfaction from the boot camp experience.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Number of workshops and attendees.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
According to the National Boot Camp for New Dads, we are the fastest growing chapter in the U.S.
Description Is an intensive home visitation program for at risk first time mothers in two zip codes in Orange County (32808-32818).A nurse visits each enrolled family weekly to provide education and support.
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. infants progressing, meeting developmental targets, immunizations up to date, bonding good
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. all benchmarks of NFP program met. the participants graduate after 2 yrs in the program--many have not only improved their parenting, but gotten a GED or better career, formed healthier relationships and  formed a support group for each other and continue to encourage each other in improving their lives and those of their children
Description The Navigators work for the Healthy Start Coalition with funding from the Primary Care Access Network (PCAN), a non-profit organization committed to improving the access, quality and coordination of health care services to the under-insured and uninsured population of Orange County.  Funding for navigator services is provided by a federal grant administered by the University of South Florida.  Central Florida Navigators provide free, unbiased, and confidential assistance with enrolling in health insurance.
Population Served Families
At-Risk Populations
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. reduced numbers of uninsured 
CEO Comments
The Healthy Start program is evaluated and monitored by the FL Dept. of Health Maternal and Child Health Division and the Agency for Healthcare Administration according to their strict standards and guidelines. I am happy to report that we have continuously exceeded our targets and goals.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr Lauren Josephs PhD
Company Affiliation Visionary Vanguard Group
Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Gail Garvin
Company Affiliation Strategic Alliance
Term Start Dec 2014 Dec 2019
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Jennifer Adams National Hook-Up of Black WomenVotingNo
Margaret Brennan Community Health CentersVotingYes
Melissa Brzezinski ConsumerVotingNo
Heather Collins FL Hospital birth coordinatorVotingNo
Lori Constantino-Brown Bridges InternationalVotingNo
Dr. Marie Francois Center for Multicultural Health & PreventionVotingNo
Gail Garvin FIMRVotingNo
Dr. Cole Greves Orlando Health / ACOGVotingNo
Nancy Hagan community volunteerVotingNo
Joan Hebert Winnie Palmer HospitalVotingNo
Mary Jo Hoard Lutheran Counseling ServicesVotingNo
Dr. Candice Jones PediatricianVotingNo
Dr. Lauren Josephs Visionary Vanguard GroupVotingNo
Andria Martin Central Florida Partnership for Health DispararitiesVotingNo
Marie Martinez Howard Phillips Center for Children & FamiliesVotingNo
Keith Nash MODVotingYes
Lynn Nelson AttorneyVotingNo
Dr. Evers Robinson Orlando Health Chaplain RetiredVotingNo
Lori Shea Nemours HosppitalVotingYes
Christina Sparks consumer representativeVotingNo
Jimmy Tercero CSI special careVotingNo
Paulina Unda Molina HealthcareVotingYes
Mayra Uribe Strategic AllianceVotingNo
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College,
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 85%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Project Oversight
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
Advisory Board
NameCompany Affiliation
Becky Cherney Retired, Founder FL Healthcare Coalition
Frank Kruppenbacher
David McLeod
Richard Morrison
Lori Reeves
Pat Scully Community Volunteer
Beth Thibodaux Seaworld
CEO Comments We acknowledge that attendance at our board meetings could be better, but we want our board to be made up of members who care about maternal child health, so often they are quite busy individuals who come in person, when they can and otherwise keep up with the activities of the Coalition in other ways. All members contribute to the Coalition both in volunteer time and monetarily. Their knowledge and commitment level are high.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Linda Hanlon Sutherland
Term Start Jan 2001
Experience Linda Sutherland has served as the Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition since February 2001. As the chief executive officer of the Coalition, she oversees a $3.5 million budget and related staff and programs which support both the Coalition of over 130 members and a variety of direct maternal and child health and social services offered to the community.

The Coalition is responsible for identifying need in the community, and designing and supporting related services for mothers and babies at risk to ensure that every baby gets a “healthy start” in life. In order to develop and maintain the Coalition and build community collaborations with the purpose of improving target health indices, Ms. Sutherland works with a wide variety of area maternal and child health providers, community agencies, and service providers.

Prior to her work with the Coalition, she served on the Orange County School Board for twelve years. During her tenure she served as both chairman and vice chairman for the local school board and as President of the State School Board Association, as well as many national education and early childhood development advisory committees.

 Her areas of special interest and advocacy have always been early childhood issues, especially related to early intervention and prevention, and legislative matters affecting the welfare of children which have involved working closely with neighborhood groups, community leaders, and political representatives. She considers herself first and foremost, a child advocate, so appropriately has spent considerable time learning about brain research, child health and best practices of parenting, educating, etc. Because of these factors and her passion for the well being of children, she is a sought after speaker at events related to the well-being of children, and serves on many boards responding to issues facing children and families in Central FL and around the state, including the FL Children's Campaign.

CEO Salary Range $75,001 - $100,000
Co-CEO Ellen Slovenkay Geiger
Term Start Sept 1997
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
Andrea Miller Jan 1997Dec 2000
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 75
Number of Contract Staff 7
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Senior Staff
Title Operations & Communications Director
Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Collaborations To accomplish our goal of helping new families, we find we must collaborate with many different entities in our area.  See the "Other Documents" section for a listing of some of our collaborators.  We are grateful to have them work with us to help meet the various needs of our clients and be part of the safety net for families.  Some examples:  Disney volunteers knit hats and blankets for our babies; United legacy holds a diaper drive; Aspire does our mental health counseling; we do safety talks at Baby'sRUs; we get grants from March of Dimes; the hospitals screen all of our new moms for possible enrollment in our program.
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Distinguished Service AwardTeen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition1999
Community Health Advocacy AwardCommunity Health Centers, Inc.2000
Children's AdvocateCitizen's Commission for Children2002
Service AwardZeta Phi Beta2002
Children's Friend AwardOrange County Council of PTA's2003
Orange County Dept of Health HeroOrange County Health Department2004
Leadership AwardOrange County Early Learning Coalition2007
Family Service AwardChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints2008
Eliminating Disparities AwardBlack Infant Health Practice Collaborative2008
Business Hall of Fame 3 consecutive yearsOrlando Business Journal2016
CEO Comments HSCOC   

Since Black babies are more than twice as likely to die in their first year of life as White babies, we are very aware of our board’s racial composition. We want to be sure we get buy in from the community on how best to deal with racial disparity in birth outcomes. We also want to be sure we have representation from health related fields and the business community so they can help us show the cost effectiveness of investing in early intervention. Often this may mean we have board members who cannot attend every meeting, but stay abreast of our activities and support our efforts. We are fortunate to have the commitment of such a diverse and caring group. We also feel lucky to have high quality staff with very little turnover. Our staff members believe in our program, are passionate about making a difference in the lives of families and consistently go above and beyond the call of duty to make our community better. We know we could do so much more with increased funding and staff, but all of us work diligently with what we have to make a real difference.

State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Apr
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,834,451$3,066,571$3,221,836
Individual Contributions$512,778$179,423$116,680
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7,462$6,480$5,564
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$34,296,508$3,478,336$3,443,613
Administration Expense$147,204$92,757$143,446
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.010.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses959%97%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,053,656$2,086,673$1,799,505
Current Assets$3,046,503$2,085,965$1,797,777
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,782,384$897,090$651,405
Total Net Assets$1,271,272$1,189,583$1,148,100
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment - Federal $2,012,150Federal Gevernment $2,218,255Government $3,221,836
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment - State $822,301Foundations and Corporations $360,102Foundations and Corporations $204,130
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $512,778Individuals $179,423Individuals $116,680
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.712.332.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments We are proud of the work we have been able to accomplish taking into account the fact that we are only funded at about 45% of the need. It is especially dismaying that during this time of economic stress on families, when the need is greater than ever, our capacity is diminished due to budget cuts and fewer donations.
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from 990s  990s and audits are reconciled.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Nonprofit Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County Inc.
Address 1040 Woodcock Rd
Suite 215
Orlando, FL 32803
Primary Phone (407) 228-1478
CEO/Executive Director Linda Hanlon Sutherland
Board Chair Dr Lauren Josephs PhD
Board Chair Company Affiliation Visionary Vanguard Group
Year of Incorporation 1992