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)
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
- Suwanee 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)
NCF MIECHV/PAT Earns Blue Ribbon Endorsement
In 2021, NCF MIECHV/PAT completed the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process and earned the highest designation: Blue Ribbon Affiliate status. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that NCF MIECHV/PAT is among the highest quality members of the home visitation and parent education field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality. Learn more about our affiliate at www.HelpingBabiesGrow.org.
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting/Parents as Teachers program continue to provide valuable support and encouragement to families in Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton and Putnam counties. Although home visits are not possible at this time, services are continuing with virtual visits for families.
MIECHV/PAT welcomes new enrollments for families with babies between the ages of 0 to 24 months in Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton and Putnam counties.
MIECHV/PAT is here to help parents and caregivers learn about their child’s development, receive answers to parenting questions, and get helpful connections to other resources. The MIECHV/PAT program is evidence-based and a source of reliable information and reassurance for parents.
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 4 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
- Court appointed legal guardian or foster care
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 Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, and Putnam.
To learn more:
Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, and Putnam: 352-273-7588
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
Healthy Families Project serves Alachua, Bradford, Union & Columbia Counties