The UF Department of Obstetrics partnerships and community services programs provide a platform for our team of physicians, researchers, and staff to work with other medical professionals and institutions to advance patient care, research, and education. We provide community programs for pregnant and postpartum women, their children, and families through grants from several organizations.

If you would like to learn more about how to partner with the UF Department of Obstetrics, would like to participate in one of our community service programs, or would like to refer a patient, please contact us.

Maternity and Infant Care Project (MIC)

Since 1966, the UF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has had as part of its mission the provision of high-quality prenatal care to the underserved women in our region.  In an effort to improve access to prenatal care, women receive their prenatal and postpartum care in their communities and deliver their babies at UF Health Hospital at the University of Florida.

MIC is providing care within community health departments and Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs) in the following counties: Bradford,  Gilchrist, Levy, Suwannee, and Union.  Certified and experienced nurse-midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners provide the care to these patients.

For more information, please call the following clinic locations and request your prenatal care with UF MIC:

Bradford County – New River Community Health Care Center, Starke: 904-964-7732

Gilchrist County – Palms Medical Group, Trenton: 352-463-2374

Levy County – Palms Medical Group, Chiefland: 352-493-7274

Suwannee County – Palms Medical Group, Branford: 386-935-3090

Union County – New River Community Health Care Center, Lake Butler: 386-496-3154

Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)


The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is a free parenting program that equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to help their children be healthy, safe and ready to succeed in school. The program is available to parents and caregivers with children from birth to age 3 whose lives are impacted by one or more of these situations:


Teen parent

Low educational attainment

Child abuse or neglect

Tobacco use in the home

Children with developmental delays, disabilities or chronic health issues

Military family

Through MIECHV, which is a Healthy Start of North Central Florida program, parent educators at UF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology help parents and caregivers:

Learn about their child’s development

Gain one-on-one parenting support

Connect with other parents and resources

Address developmental delays and/or health issues

Access books and educational resources for their child

Be the best parents they can be

The program is available in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Putnam, and Marion counties. To learn more:

Call 352-273-7588 for Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton and Putnam counties

Call 352-337-1200 for Alachua County

Call 352-547-3730 for Marion County

Visit www.HelpingBabiesGrow.org

View this flyer: MIECHV

Healthy Families

Healthy Families is a nationally-accredited home visiting program for expectant parents and parents of newborns experiencing stressful life situations. The program improves childhood outcomes and increases family self-sufficiency by empowering parents through education and community support. Parents voluntarily participate in Healthy Families so they can learn how to recognize and respond to their babies’ changing developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the day-to-day stress of parenting in healthy ways, and set and achieve short and long-term goals. Services begin early, during pregnancy or shortly after the birth of a baby and can last up to five years, depending on the unique needs of the family. Families may be eligible for services if they:

Live in targeted geographic areas

Are expecting a baby or have a baby less than 3-months-old

Are currently experiencing stressful life situations that indicate they could benefit from home visiting services

More more information, see below.

Healthy Families Brochure

Healthy Families Alachua Fact Sheet 

Healthy Families Florida Official Website

Healthy Families Alachua on the Ilene Silverman Show