Fathers made a stand for healthy babies on August 14 at the Barbers for Babies family event.
The Coalition, in conjunction with the Woodland Acres Boys & Girls Club, Jacksonville Urban League Head Start Program and The Cut Above Barber Shop, sponsored the Florida KidCare enrollment event/black infant mortality awareness event. The goal of the even was to enroll potentially eligible children into the Florida KidCare or Medicaid Children’s Health Insurance Program while simultaneously educating, bringing awareness to and involving more men in the struggle to reduce the infant mortality rate and improve the health of women.
The event was held at the Woodland Acres Boys & Girls Club facility on Pecan St. in the Arlington neighborhood and targeted the men, fathers and father figures in the community. Every parent signing-in received educational materials and promotional items from Florida KidCare, HealthCare United and National Prescription Drug Cards, while barbers from six local barber shops in the Arlington community provided free hair cut certificates and tips on preventing infant mortality to men and children in attendance. Other activities included a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for kids age 11 -14 (all kids playing received a medallion and the three winners received a first place trophy), dancing, food and refreshments and a raffle where winners received prizes.
Eight parents requested online application assistance to enroll a total of 27 children in the Florida KidCare Program and 250 men and women received a presentation and other materials on preventing infant mortality. The event ended with 350 children receiving a book bag and needed school supplies.