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Florida Life Course Indicator Report

Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section

  •  850-245-4465



    Mailing Address

    Maternal and Child Health Section 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721 

The Florida Life Course Indicator Report is a comprehensive, state-level report that provides established indicators related to the Life Course Theory calculated for Florida. 

The goals of the Florida Life Course Indicator Report are:

  1. Establish a knowledge base about the Life Course Theory
  2. Introduce the life course indicators to public health practitioners
  3. Provide baseline measures to gauge progress as Florida moves forward in incorporating Life Course Theory into its public health efforts


The life course indicators are diverse in subject matter; thereby providing a broad platform for partners to engage in collective action towards improving maternal, infant, child, and family health in Florida. As the Life Course Theory is largely community- or place-focused (i.e., social determinants of health), it is recommended that these indicators be calculated at the local level within states to understand how the singular or interactive effects of individuals, social factors, and place influence the health of communities. The production of this report serves as the basis for initiating a statewide conversation about the Life Course Theory and its implications for improved population health in Florida.

In order to apply the Life Course Theory to public health work, the maternal and child health field needs to build or enhance relationships with various other entities or sectors, including non-traditional partners. Thus, the intended audience of the Life Course Indicator report are program, data and policy staff from various sectors and agencies across the state who have a stake in improving the lives of women, infants, children and families.