Helping People Succeed, Martin Medical Center Receive Second Place Honors for Collaborative Program
The state of Florida held its first ever collaborative conference called the First 1000 Days Florida Summit, through the efforts of the statewide Children’s Services Councils, Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, the Early Learning Coalitions, the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, and United Way of Florida. The conference was held in West Palm Beach and was filled to capacity at the Palm Beach Convention Center.
At this summit, Helping People Succeed and Martin Medical Center were awarded second place honors for their popular Building Readiness Among Infants Now (BRAIN) program.
“The BRAIN program has been operating for 16 years for all families with newborns in Martin and St. Lucie Counties,” explained Kathy Derringer, head of the Baby Steps department at Helping People Succeed. Unique in its universal approach, BRAIN provides a nursing visit followed by an educational visit about early brain development to all participating families. Families then can opt to participate in an online developmental monitoring system until the child becomes school age.
While there are many community partners in this program, including the school systems, the program is funded by the support from the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County, United Way of Martin County, and the Hobe Sound Community Chest.