Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition
1311 N. Paul Russell Rd. Ste. A101
Tallahassee FL 32301
Contact Information
Address 1311 N. Paul Russell Rd. Ste. A101
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Telephone (850) 488-0288
Fax 850 922-3622
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3145687
Year of Incorporation 1993
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $870,586.40
Projected Expenses $981,963.50
Mission Statement
A community coalition dedicated to improving the health of infants and their families.
Needs Statement

Your contribution will be used where it is needed most to underwrite programs and services for moms.

• Your donation of $60.00 can buy a car seat or provide a week of educational activities for a young girl at our after-school health program.

• Your donation of $70.00 can purchase a crib for a family needing a safe place for the baby to sleep.

• Your donation of $100.00 can buy a week’s worth of diapers for four families.

• For $1,000.00, you or someone you love could be honored on our Wall of Angels.

Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount will help get mothers to doctors,provide baby care classes, and help promote stronger families in many different ways.

Impact Statement

In fiscal year 2013-14:

In our catchment areas, which covers Leon and Wakulla counties, we provided direct services to pregnant women and to families of infants and children (birth until age 3) through the Health Start services program. A total of 3,438 clients were served through this program during the 2013-14 fiscal year. 1,995 clients were pregnant women (1,843 in Leon County; 152 in Wakulla County) and 1,343 clients were infants and children (1,211 in Leon County; 132 in Wakulla County).

Some of the services included, but were not limited to, assessment of needs, case management and referrals, childbirth education, breastfeeding education and support, smoking cessation counseling, interconceptional education and support, pregnancy health education, nutrition education, infant health and immunization education, stress management support, postpartum depression assessment and counseling, parenting education and support, and home visiting.

The MomCare / Sixth Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (SOBRA) program is an outreach program that is available to all pregnant women who are presumptively eligible and enrolled in Medicaid under SOBRA. The CAHSC served 2,870 pregnant women under the MomCare SOBRA program during this fiscal year who resided in Leon or Wakulla counties.

Services of the MomCare program included, but were not limited to, assisting pregnant women in navigating the Medicaid system in order to obtain healthcare coverage; assisting pregnant women in choosing a prenatal care medical provider; referrals to WIC, Healthy Start, and other services, as needed; providing information on choosing a pediatrician; and providing information on the Family Planning Waiver.

30 cases of infant or fetal death were selected to be reviewed using the FIMR process in 2013-2014. The program selects and evaluates cases based on criteria such as type of death (infant vs. fetal), residence (target areas vs. other areas), race (black vs. others), as well as maternal age, education status, health behaviors prior to, and during pregnancy. The FIMR program highlights the impact of a mother’s preconception and pregnancy health on birth outcomes. By selecting and evaluating cases using these factors, we are able to identify specific populations to focus our programs and outreach on. The knowledge gained through the FIMR review process allows for empowered populations to enhance services, influence policy, and direct planning efforts. Based on recommendations from the Case Review Team meetings, efforts to improve the perception of Healthy Start as a personalized support network by selecting and publicizing a “Healthy Start Family of the Quarter” as well as highlighting specific Care Coordinators.

Healthy Start’s Community Liaison participated in over 50 community-wide events. reaching 3,000 participants.

Healthy Start sponsored and coordinated the 12th annual Walk to Remember for families who have lost infants. 150 people attended the non-denominational service and participated in the candlelit walk around Lake Ella. 

In 2015-16, Healthy Start plans to:
• Collaborate with local agencies to provide community trainings on risk factors that impact infant mortality, to include safe sleep, pre-pregnancy health, and dental care and post partum depression.
• Partner with Leon County School Board to provide health education on healthy lifestyles to students in schools and afterschool programs.
• Continue the STRONGER program.
• Continue the provider workgroup to help integrate specific practices as recommended by the local FIMR team.
Background Statement

Healthy Start was born when Governor Lawton Chiles and the First Lady convened a group of community leaders and challenged them to build local coalitions to reduce Florida's alarmingly high infant mortality rate.

Healthy Start builds on Governor Chiles' experience as chairman of the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality, and helps at-risk mothers receive the care they need for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Governor Lawton Chiles believed every child deserved a healthy start in life, and worked with communities to build strong local coalitions to provide high-quality pre-natal care for mothers and health care for children.

The Florida Legislature created Healthy Start in 1991. There are 32 coalitions across the state of Florida that work within their local communities to solve local problems. Since the inception of Healthy Start, infant mortality has dropped by as much as 15%.

Healthy Start was originally funded to provide for only 46% of the need in Florida.  Florida’s population growth and vast diversity has proved difficult to keep up with.  Healthy Start received its first funding increase for new clients in 2006. An additional 11.1 million dollars was allocated to Healthy Start to provide services to 20,000 additional pregnant women and infants.

Although Healthy Start has accomplished much, there is still much work to be done.

Service Categories
Family Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Capital Area Healthy Start serves all demographics in Leon County (City of Tallahassee) and Wakulla County (Cities of Crawfordville, St. Marks, Sopchoppy).
The Girls Afterschool Program was established by the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition to encourage girls to take a more active interest in their health. The program is housed at Providence Community Center. Activities, discussions, and field trips focus on individual, cultural and family views of health, exercise, nutrition, wellness, and personal hygiene. The girls are also provided with activities to promote positive character, increased self esteem and goal setting.

S.T.R.O.N.G.E.R. is Strength to Trust and Respect; an Opportunity to be Nice, Graceful, Encouraging and Responsible.



Budget $40,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Population Served Females, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short Term Success
The program participants are exposed to a wide variety of activities to help boost self-esteem, learn how to prepare and cook nutritious meals, as well as learn about healthy habits such as good dental hygiene. By the end of the program, 60% of the participants can recall the information they learned during the program.
Long term Success
The ultimate goal for these girls is to become healthy women in a mental, physical and emotional capacity. Based on their knowledge and education they would have received in the program, they will have the ability to make sound decisions about their lifestyles.  
Program Success Monitored By
The program is monitored by self reports given by participants on life changes regarding health, fitness, grades, and self esteem.

The Health Education Program will focus on all women of childbearing age (15-44) who reside in Leon County, especially African-American women and girls, to provide preconception and interconception education.

The mothers, grandmothers, and male partners of these women, who have the potential to influence women’s health choices, will be included in this education. She or he will provide preconception and interconception education to 1,000 women at community meetings and health fairs. The Health Educator will conduct classes and attend community events in the parts of town where low and moderate-income families reside and are prevalent. She or he will be responsible for networking with local agencies that provide assistance to families that meet or exceed the federal poverty level.

Preconception and interconception classes will also be offered at community centers and agencies throughout the county.

Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Program Success Monitored By This is a new program, and the success of the program will be measured accordingly.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments

Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition (CAHSC) was incorporated on February 6, 1992 and is located at 1311 N. Paul Russell Road, Suite 101-A in Tallahassee, Florida. The agency mission statement is, A Community Coalition Dedicated to Improving the Health of Infants and Their Families.” CAHSC is currently providing services to an average of 4,000 pregnant women and infants via subcontract with the Leon and Wakulla County Health Departments. The following services are provided and free of charge; Parenting, Breastfeeding Education & Support, Psychosocial Counseling, Childbirth Education, and Nutrition Education. Health education and outreach is provided to an additional 2,300 women of child bearing years through Healthy Start Coalition staff. We must create innovative programs and seek additional funds in order to provide much needed services in our community. We are committed to finding Solutions for Healthier Babies. It is our goal to continue working on this devastating problem of babies dying in our community until all of our babies are born healthy.

Board Chair
Board Chair Jerri L. Hanna
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2014 to June 2015
Board Members
Mildred Brickler Office of Professional Experience Programs, COPPS/FAMU
Suzi Colledge Community Volunteer
Chris Des Marais Media Consultant
Alisa Ghazvini Ph.D.Early Childhood Consultant
Jerri Hanna Community Volunteer
Patricia Kitchen Community Volunteer
Glenn Robertson Community Volunteer
Stephen Slepin Attorney, The Maddox Home Law Firm
Vivienne Treharne B.S.N., R.N.Registered Nurse Consultant, Florida Department of Health
Lane Williams Accountant, Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 57%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Kristy Goldwire
Term Start May 2013

Kristy Goldwire is the Executive Director for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition. She accepted the position in May of 2013 and is responsible for the day to day administration of the Coalition, staff, programs, sustainability, and execution of its mission. Kristy has worked with the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition for 7 years and has over 9 years of maternal & child health experience.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Kristy served as the Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Director (QA/QI Director) for three years. She was responsible for monitoring the Healthy Start Program at the Leon and Wakulla County Health Departments. Kristy was also responsible for completing monthly and quarterly reports for three of the four Healthy Start services contracts the Coalition receives from the Florida Department of Health. In conjunction with her QA/QI duties, she supervised the MomCare Program, S.T.R.O.N.G.E.R Afterschool Program, and the Campaign for Health Babies Program.

Kristy also served as the Health Educator for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition. She provided preconception and interconception education to more than 2000 women in Leon and the surrounding counties. She appeared in numerous TV interviews promoting healthy lifestyles for women and has presented at infant mortality conferences and workshops. She also coordinated several continuing education trainings for more than 200 maternal & child health professionals. Kristy continues to assist the Coalition with seeking funding to sustain its health education program.

In April 2012 she was the recipient of the MSW Alumnus Award from Florida A&M University – Social Work Association of Graduate Students. In March 2010, Kristy was honored for her service in the community by the Chi Theta Zeta Graduate Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. as a Finer Women in Service.

Kristy attended Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University receiving a Masters Degree in Social Work in 2004.

Former CEOs
Ann Davis 1992 - 2013
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 70
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 83%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments

I am truly honored to be named the new Executive Director of Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition. Having worked at the Coalition for the past seven years, I’m very familiar with the agency and the important role it plays in the community. I feel blessed to work with a very talented group of staff members who bring a wealth of experience to their jobs. With their assistance and support, I hope to meet the challenge of making this great organization even better.

We are also extremely excited about the route the agency is taking during the 2014-2015 contract year. This year the community can rest assured, knowing the Coalition plans to tackle infant mortality and prematurity head on. We will do this by continuing to contract with Leon and Wakulla County Health Departments to provide care coordination and home visits. In addition, we will collaborate with Florida State University & Florida A & M University to examine the racial disparity in infant mortality, plan preconception health conferences for the medical community and residents in the Big Bend area, and offer health education classes to women of childbearing age. It is our goal to play a role at the local level in improving and maintaining the maternal & child health system of care for women and children in Leon and Wakulla Counties. The challenges ahead of us are huge, but the staff and I will continue the fight to improve birth outcomes.

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Tallahassee Rotary
Capital Rotary
Jefferson Madison Taylor Healthy Start
Whole Child Leon
Capital City Kiwanis Club
United Way of the Big Bend
Leon County Schools
Moore Communications Group
Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions
Club 25
Florida Alliance for Healthy Babies
Children's Home Society
Wakulla County Coalition for Youth
Wakulla SWAT
Wakulla 4H Extension Office
Leon County Cooperative Extension Service
Healthy Families
Brehon Institute
Tallahassee Housing Authority
TMH Foundation
PACE Center for Girls
Community Human Services Partnership
March of Dimes
Benson's Heating and Air Conditioning
Signature Art Gallery
Earl Bacon Agency
KWB Pathology Associates
Thomas Howell Ferguson
North Florida Women's Care
FAMU Institute of Public Health
Quilters Unlimited
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Fellowship Presbyterian Church
Vocces Angelorum
Dr. Walter Colon
Florida Department of Children and Families
Florida Department of Health
Florida State University Health Services
FAMU Health Services
Wakulla Chamber of Commerce
Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Capital Regional Medical Center
Florida SIDS Alliance
Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition
Tallahassee Democrat
Wakulla News
Prestige Health Choice
Wakulla County Health Department2012
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital2012
Leon County Health Department2012
Florida Department of Health2012
Jefferson Madison Taylor Healthy Start2012
Capital Regional Medical Center2012
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $870,586.40
Projected Expenses $981,963.50
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,095,887$1,165,633$1,172,215
Individual Contributions$42,735$51,485$102,284
Investment Income, Net of Losses$42$49$133
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$61,733$34,874$532
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,065,539$1,129,469$1,104,272
Administration Expense$104,107$135,297$150,871
Fundraising Expense$9,144$15,778$8,610
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.981.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%88%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$411,360$384,268$466,080
Current Assets$396,021$379,269$452,160
Long-Term Liabilities$11,102$1,109$3,700
Current Liabilities$145,952$150,460$201,276
Total Net Assets$254,306$232,699$261,104
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.712.522.25
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%0%1%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the organization's audits.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the audit or 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the audit or 990.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition
Address 1311 N. Paul Russell Rd. Ste. A101
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Primary Phone 850 488-0288
CEO/Executive Director Kristy Goldwire
Board Chair Jerri L. Hanna
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1993