Dixie Morgese

Dixie Morgese, Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition, Flagler-Volusia Counties, Fla.

Dixie Morgese is the Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler-Volusia Counties. She has over twenty five years experience developing and implementing systems of care to serve communities in the areas of maternal child health, health equity, family risk and resiliency, HIV and addictions. Prior to her work with Healthy Start, Ms. Morgese provided technical consulting, quality monitoring, and staff development for Health and Family Service entities throughout the state of Florida. Since 1993, she has participated in Healthy Start service delivery planning and program implementation whose primary aim is to reduce infant mortality and low birth weight and leverage resources to support maternal and child health initiatives.  Dixie has worked with partners on a national level to address Social Determinants of Health with the Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the Prevention Institute.  These initiatives have provided technical assistance focused on developing readiness and capacity related to action planning and systems change to improve outcomes for women, babies and families in the areas of substance use, housing, place based supports and interventions and health equity.