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Our Programs Fetal & Infant Mortality Review

The Fetal and Infant Mortality Review is a collaborative effort between Maternal and Child Health Advocates and Healthy Start in order to understand challenges and improvements identified associated with fetal and infant mortality and morbidity.

The National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review began in 1990 as a collaborative effort between the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Since it was first introduced in the late 1980’s, Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) has been a dynamic, community process.

Today, there are over 200 FIMR programs. Different types of agencies sponsor the FIMR program including city and county health departments, local hospitals, regional perinatal centers and community based maternal and child health coalitions.

Florida adopted the FIMR model in 1992. Many of the state’s Healthy Start Coalitions have been contracted by the State of Florida to implement FIMR locally. There are 12 FIMR projects statewide organized under Florida Statutes 766.101 and funded by the State of Florida.

FIMR is:

  • A strategy to close the gap in health disparities at the community level

  • A timely and valuable source of information about changing health care systems and how they affect real families trying to access them

  • A form of continuous quality improvement that allows communities to assess the performance of systems and the impact of changes in those systems

  • A voice for local families who have lost their baby

  • A tool that helps local health officials implement policies to safeguard families

  • A program endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Projects are countywide efforts to better understand the issues associated with fetal and infant mortality and morbidity and to develop strategies that improve perinatal systems of care, locally and statewide.

FIMR identifies strengths and areas for improvements in overall services systems and community resources for women, children and families. FIMR also provides direction towards the development of new policies to safeguard them.

Last Rites for Little Ones

Last Rites for Little Ones (LRLO) is intended to help low and moderate-income families in Bay, Franklin or Gulf Counties that have suffered the tragedy of losing a child by financially assisting them with their funeral arrangements. Many families feel helpless and do not know where to turn for assistance. Through the LRLO program, we provide financial assistance towards gravesites, grave markers, or cremation and urn to families in need (up to $300) when funds are available. Our bereavement-trained care coordinators and staff provide bereaved families emotional support and education.

For more information about our Last Rites for Little Ones (LRLO) program, contact Kelly at [email protected] or fax the completed assistance form below to Kelly at 850-747-5435.

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