We provide education to the community and maternal-child health care providers on a number of issues.
These include breastfeeding, smoking cessation, interconception health, oral health in pregnancies, and other topics related to prenatal and infant health.
Community education is offered in many ways:
- Educational programs for maternal-child health professionals are offered in workshops or small-class formats. For prenatal and pediatric care providers, programs can be tailored to be held within the office setting. Continuing education hours are usually awarded for participation in our programs.
- Professional speakers are available to give presentations at service clubs, places of worship, small businesses, or volunteer organizations.
- Our Community Health Worker Program sends peer trainers to small places to give short educational programs. These can be given to groups of friends, families, co-employees, church members, and others. This program is based on availability of grant money.
- Our Pregnancy Resource Center, at 1750 17th Street, Building A, in Sarasota, has a variety of educational brochures on topics related to pre-pregnancy and pregnancy health; childbirth; breastfeeding; infant care; and parenting. There are also two computers that have leading websites for good information. Hours are 8:30 am – 5 pm on a drop-in basis. For special arrangements at another time, call us at 373-7070, extension 300.
- The annual Community Baby Shower held each May hosts many agencies who work with pregnant women, infants, young children, or parents. It’s an excellent place to get a lot of free information on different topics.