Florida's urban and rural communities are the foundations for our families. Our communities are collections
of people connected by place, culture and experience. This connection of people brings the wealth of diversity
that is special and important to our state.
Many aspects of our lives are linked to our communities, particularly the health and well-being of our
families. This link between community and health has a particular importance for pregnant women and infants
who are vulnerable to the web of biological, psychosocial, social and environmental events and circumstances
that can have an impact on health.
Florida's maternal and child health providers, professionals and consumers recognize the importance of the
relationship between the community and the health of our pregnant women and infants. We acknowledge that
people who live in our Florida communities are both resources and experts in the interaction of community
and health, because they bring personal knowledge of local conditions, resources and needs. It is this
unique knowledge that is necessary for planning and conducting successful prevention, education or
program services. We collectively rely on the involvement of our communities in all aspects of
the maternal and child health service planning and provision to promote the best outcomes for our
mothers, infants and families.
Links and references to local, Florida and national resource information, health and population data/statistics,
Collection of success stories, lessons learned, models of practice related to incorporating community
and health for the MCH population
Research, studies and references related to community and health