First 1,000 Days Suncoast expands leadership, focus to meet needs of more mothers, babies

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Kameron Hodgens is CEO of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center.
Kameron Hodgens is CEO of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center.

First 1,000 Days Suncoast, a community initiative to support parents, caregivers and their babies regardless of race, education or socio-economic status, recently elected leaders and expanded membership on its steering committee to reflect its new four-county regional focus.

Kameron Hodgens, chief executive officer of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, was elected chair of the steering committee, which represents 80-plus nonprofit, government and health care partners.

“This initiative started in Sarasota, and it’s been incredible to see the interest and response from our three neighboring counties,” Hodgens said. “As a mom, who lives in Manatee County and works in Sarasota, I know that county lines mean very little when accessing health care for your children. I’m proud to be a part of this steering committee as we make this a more regional effort.”

New committee members include Angie Matthiesen, executive director, United Way Charlotte County; Katie Powers, Manatee Memorial Hospital; MJ Horen, chief program officer, DeSoto Resource Center, All Faiths Food Bank; Lisa Abello, chief medical officer, CenterPlace Health; Luz Corcuera, executive director, Unidos Now; and Nathan Scott, Circuit 12 Child Welfare Policy Coordinator, Florida Department of Health Sarasota County.

Their involvement will support the initiative’s regional expansion to connect with babies and families who are born or receive care at Sarasota Memorial Hospital but live in surrounding communities.

If you are a parent in need of support for yourself or child, please visit First1000srq.com to submit an assistance request form.

Submitted by Murray Devine

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: First 1,000 Days Suncoast expands to meet needs of mothers, babies

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