Congratulations to Ashley Smith Juarez, recipient of the 2016 Carol Brady Community Leadership. The award, given each year, recognizes the outstanding efforts and commitment of a community leader who has devoted their time, resources, funds and expertise to advancing maternal and child health in Northeast Florida.
Ashley has long been a friend of the Coalition, since her days as the Executive Director of the Chartrand Foundation, which funded several Coalition projects, including the Make a Noise! Make a Difference! initiatives. She is currently Chair of the Duval County School Board and Regional Director of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), which selected Northeast Florida as an area of focus in 2013.
In 2014, the CHMI released the Blueprint for Health, which includes many focus areas important to the Coalition, such as adolescent health, strengthening families and improving opportunities for young men. The Coalition was invited to participate in the development of the CHMI’s Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action and our work continues to align with the goals and activities outlined in the plan.
Ashley and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative have been Instrumental in linking organizations to resources and opportunities like CareMessage, a pilot text messaging system that is now used at the Magnolia Project. CareMessage enhances case management between appointments and provides personalized reminders based on individualized goals and targeted education.
The Coalition and Magnolia Project were recently featured in a video about the region at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s (CHMI) Annual Activation Summit January 24-25, 2016.
The Brady award recognizes the outstanding efforts and commitment of a community leader who has devoted their time, resources, funds and expertise to advancing Maternal and Child Health in Northeast Florida. The award is given in honor of Carol Brady, former Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition who helped grow the Coalition from a small Healthy Start-focused agency within the North Florida Regional Council to a thriving non-profit that leverages resources to reach not only pregnant women and babies, but women in their preconception years, fathers and teens.