2018 Healthy Families Jacksonville Graduation

Twenty-nine kids and their parents graduated from the Healthy Families Jacksonville program on September 27. The graduation took place during a Healthy Families  monthly member gathering.

The event occurs during National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and staff utilized the opportunity to educate attendees on infant mortality and how to prevent it. Healthy Families staff ensure during home visits that babies are in a safe, healthy environment, following the ABCs of safe sleep and much more.

Healthy Families is a nationally-accredited family support and coaching program that helps parents provide the safe and stable environments children need for healthy growth and development. The evidence-based program is voluntary, and the participants receive the services in their home by specially-trained support workers.

Rashad Reed, a Duval County Public Schools teacher, was the keynote speaker and stressed the importance of parents’ investment in the future of their children and used his experience coaching his daughter in cheerleading for reference. Rashad noted that since the parents are graduating, it is “game time” – to take the resources they learned in the program and build a thriving, successful future for their family.

Healthy Families Jacksonville is an initiative of the Coalition funded by the Kids Hope Alliance and Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida.

Go here for photos of the graduates and other highlights of the event.

In the video below, graduate moms of the program reflect on their time spent in the program – what they liked the most and how their family support worker made an impact: