Healthy moms, dads and babies were celebrated at the third annual Magnolia Project & Healthy Start Community Baby Shower, sponsored by State Representative Tracie Davis, on Saturday, September 28. The event was held in Arlington, located in the 32211 zip code, because of the rising infant mortality rate in the neighborhood which makes it a new focus area for our Magnolia Project office.
Families had the opportunity to receive clothes and shoes for themselves and their babies and win raffle prizes such as diapers, infant covers, etc. Lutheran Social Services Nourishment Network provided baby food for guests to take home. Jacksonville Fire & Rescue provided the fire truck, play house and other interactive activities for both little and big kids. Activities provided allowed families access to much needed resources to have a healthy pregnancy and birth outcome and an easier transition with a newborn.
The event takes place annually during National Infant Mortality Awareness Month as a way to connect families with our programs, as well as our community partners, who provide educational materials and resources on preventing infant mortality through all aspects of family health. Vendors focused on physical health, nutrition, dental health, substance abuse and HIV prevention, health insurance, child development, bathtub safety, safe sleep and more.
Both the Magnolia Project and Healthy Start program are Coalition initiatives focused on the health of women before, during and after pregnancy. We also take the opportunity to celebrate moms, dads, kids and the newborn addition to their family (in or out of the belly).
Thank you Rep. Tracie Davis for sponsoring and supporting this event for the third year in a row!
Attendees received education and resources from the following vendors:
- Duval County Health Department
- Duval County WIC
- FSCJ Dental Hygiene Program
- Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and programs (Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E., Healthy Families Jacksonville and the Magnolia Project)
- Sunshine Health
- THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital/Safe Kids of Northeast Florida
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc Stork’s Nest
Click here for photos of the event.