Chipola Healthy Start Coalition

Calhoun & Liberty Counties

Program Manager: Marissa Barfield
Care Coordinators: Yolanda Cooper, Katrina Sims, Cindy Grantham

Address: 19611 SR 20 West, Blountstown, FL 32424
Phone: (850) 674-5645
Fax: (850) 674-5420
Address: 10971 NW Spring St., Bristol, FL 32321
Phone: (850) 643-2292
Fax: (850) 643-2306

Success in CALHOUN County

Ms. Maria Parra came into the Calhoun County Healthy Start office last year to meet Care Coordinator Yolanda Cooper; she had just found out she would soon be a mom for the third time. Maria Parra and her third baby.Yolanda was ready to help get her pregnancy off to the best start, and through the coordinated use of services and support, she helped Maria with resources and education immediately. From that day forward, Yolanda continued to visit Maria at home, teaching her about such things as the benefits of breastfeeding, parenting, and education on a variety of important topics.

Unfortunately, Maria later contacted Yolanda to let her know that her situation had some turns for the worse regarding her residence. She was looking at being homeless and needed help with financial resources. Yolanda jumped right in, seeking housing and support for Maria, her two sons, and unborn baby. Yolanda is very happy to report that today Maria is back in a home with all three children, now with her new baby daughter, Keily. Maria expressed her immense gratitude to Yolanda for providing her with constant support and helping her through a tough time.

Pictured is Maria with her newborn daughter, Keily who was born on January 9, weighing 6 pounds 4 ounces. Mother and baby are both doing well.


September's Employee of the Month: Katrina Sims

Katrina Sims

Katrina Sims has been serving as Care Coordinator with the Calhoun-Liberty Healthy Start program since February 2007. Katrina has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Healthy Start and specializes in doing Pregnancy Medicaid applications for the local CHD.

When serving her clients, Katrina always offers a smile and an encouraging word. One of her passions is car safety, where she’s participated in numerous car seat checkpoints and classes for Calhoun-Liberty Healthy Start. Clients always have positive feedback when it comes to their interactions with Katrina; they never fail to say how she treated them like they were important, listening attentively to their stories and concerns.

Calhoun/Liberty Healthy Start Hosts Comprehensive Childbirth Series

Marissa Barfield

    The Calhoun/Liberty Healthy Start program held a four-week comprehensive childbirth series, “Beautiful Beginnings,” at the Florida Department of Health in Calhoun County. The class was held on Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm. Six mothers-to-be learned all about the childbirth process, breastfeeding, SIDS prevention, newborn care, and postpartum in a fun, interactive class setting. Each participant received a pack-and-play and a sleep sack for completing the course. Calhoun/Liberty Healthy Start will be hosting this class quarterly in the community to realize their mission to decrease infant mortality, while increasing breastfeeding rates and awareness.

    Pictured from left to right (back): Care Coordinator Yolanda Cooper, Kayla Barton, Erin Glass, Brittny Bodiford, Susan Brown, Care Coordinators Katrina Sims and Cindy Grantham; front: Lorena Mazariegos and Silvia Aguilar.

Healthy Start Grateful for Spirit of Giving

Marissa Barfield

Show Your Love Campaign Supporting Prenatal Health

Marissa Barfield