Open Position: Program Assistant

Jan 31, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a Program Assistnat for the Responsible Fatherhood program.

Resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed to

Objectives: Assist program staff with day-to-day operations of program activities.  Develop positive working relationships with all staff, clients, building occupants and report any concerns or problems to program coordinator immediately


  • High school diploma/GED required
  • Minimum 1 year of clerical experience (Associate degree acceptable alternative)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to establish


  • Provide case managers and administrative staff with program support (e.g. filing, e-mailing and data entry)
  • Enter program and member data into federal and program systems; ensure HIPPA compliance for all inputted records
  • Meet and greet all visitors entering the building.
  • Answer telephone with appropriate greeting and route all calls to the appropriate staff person
  • Relay client concerns to the appropriate staff
  • Review, organize, and distribute all mail, packages, and work related documents according to established security policies
  • Schedule and organize appointments for program members and staff
  • Work with case managers to maintain and secure program members file
  • Review and maintain scheduled use of the building’s large conference room, two small conference rooms, standing meeting room, kitchen, and storage area
  • Ensure program computers and other IT devises are maintained and up to date with current software
  • Maintain inventory, and resupply any office and cleaning supplies as needed
  • Attend all scheduled staff meetings, and designated trainings
  • Maintain general knowledge and understanding of the fatherhood program, and the Coalition’s protocols, policies, and employee handbook
  • Assist with other general administrative and support duties, as requested

Open Position: Family Support Worker

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The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a Family Support Worker (FSW) for the Healthy Families Jacksonville program.

The FSW is primarily responsible for initiating and maintaining regular contact with families in their home and providing referrals to other needed support services. The FSW also establishes rapport with the family to thereby strengthen the parent-child relationship, develops a service plan to guide service delivery, identifies goals and plans activities based on required curriculum, assists parents in improving parenting skill, aids in planning and attending medical appointments, and conducts sufficient home visitations.

Resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed to

Objectives: To provide case management services to clients who are eligible for assistance through Healthy Families Jacksonville.


  • High School diploma and one (1) year experience working with diverse families and children.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Must have reliable transportation and proof of current auto insurance coverage.
  • Ability to pass all drug and criminal background screens
  • Must possess reliable transportation.


  • Interview participants for entrance into the Healthy Families Program and complete appropriate paperwork.
  • Develop a service plan with direct-line supervisor to guide service delivery and establish family goals.
  • Assist parents in improving their skills to optimize the home environment.
  • Aid in making and attending health care appointments, as well as other agency visits in the community.
  • Initiate and maintain regular contact with families, primarily in their home, establishing a trusting relationship and strengthening the parent-child relationship.
  • Assess the health and human services needs of participants, and develop, with the participant, a service to address those needs.  Follow up routinely with participants.  Home visits with the participant are required.
  • Provide or coordinate services to address the needs of participants, including, but not limited to; financial counseling, child care, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, educational services, health care, transportation, emergency services, etc.

Open Position: Case Manager

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The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a case manager position with the Magnolia Project.

The Magnolia Case Manager will function as an integral part of the preconception and inter-connectional case management team integrating poor birth outcomes prevention and intervention activities to support childbearing women ages 15-44.

Resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed to

Objectives: To provide case management services to clients who are eligible for assistance through the Magnolia Project.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in the field of maternal child health or social science preferred. Will substitute 5 years professional experience in direct service, social services, mental health, maternal and child heal or related field.

  • Knowledge of community resources and counseling/social work practices with high risk populations
  • Experience working with persons in crisis.
  • Good documentation skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to establish rapport.
  • To motivate others towards achieving goals.
  • Ability to work independently with strong sense of focus, task oriented, non judgmental, open person qualities, clear sense of boundaries.
  • A strong sense of and respect for confidentiality involving both clients and fellow employees.
  • Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse families and communities with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle and provide own transportation.


1) Coordinate pre-conceptional and inter-conceptional services high risk women.
2) Provide psychosocial counseling and support as needed.
3) Utilize selected standardized curriculum and intervention and document activities.
4) Assess pre-conceptional risk and develop specific risk reduction goals/activities and link participant to preventative services.
5) Ensure that a compressive Lifecourse Reproductive Plan is developed for each participant that also includes strengthening the family’s resilience.
6) Link male partners of enrolled women to the Male Responsibility group activities and individual program services.

Guest Post: Breastfeeding at the Magnolia Project

Jan 24, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Mesha Demps is the Women’s intervention Specialist and a Certified Lactation Counselor at the Magnolia Project. One of Mesha’s primary roles at the Magnolia Project is to help assist and encourage mothers to breastfeed.

IMG_2152Breastfeeding is one of the best things that a mother can do for her baby. Here at The Magnolia Project we are dedicated by making sure that our mothers are informed about the advantages, benefits, and importance of breastfeeding.

The Magnolia Project has two Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs), Mesha Demps and Odille Thomas, who provide support, counseling and education to the women of the Magnolia Project. The CLCs have been working endlessly to educate the women of Magnolia about breastfeeding and all of the benefits they can gain because of breastfeeding.IMG_2081

Breastfeeding can be very difficult for new mothers and mothers who have had a child before. The fastest drop-off rates occur in the first 10 days after hospital discharge. Mothers stop breastfeeding at different times for different reasons. Some of the reasons are lack of support at the onset of breastfeeding, not having enough milk, work/school, breast pain and because baby will not latch.IMG_2274

The CLCs provide support within the first 24 hours after birth to assess the process of breastfeeding with mom and new born baby.  In an effort to foster and ensure fidelity/duration of breastfeeding, mothers are educated about the benefits for self and baby thereby, improving the number of mothers who will breastfeed for at least 6 months.

Recently the CLCs of Magnolia had a breastfeeding photo shoot for new mothers who are breastfeeding and mothers who have breastfeed for longer than 6 months. At the photo shoot there were babies raging from two weeks old to one-year old. These mothers of Magnolia know the importance of breastfeeding and the bonding time that they receive with their babies while nursing. The CLCs wanted to applaud the mothers and continue to encourage them to keep up the great work.



In the spotlight: The Magnolia Project

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The Magnolia Project was featured in the Federal Division of Healthy Start and Prenatal Services (DHSPS) newsletter as the Healthy Start Grantee Spotlight organization. Read the article below:

This month DHSPS is spotlighting The Magnolia Project in Jacksonville, FL for their work to improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs. Read below more information about The Magnolia Project:share-5

Prenatal care is a group effort now at the Magnolia Project, an initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition.  Pregnant women that receive care at the women’s health clinic in the Jacksonville urban core can now participate in a compassionate group setting, with the launch of new SHARE (Support Health Assessment Relationship Education) classes that combine medical care, peer support and education.

The group care model utilized materials and literature from Centering Pregnancy through a membership agreement.  Centering is a nationally recognized model that provides patient-centered care and results in positive health outcomes for moms and babies.

While too many babies are born too small and too soon in Northeast Florida and throughout the country, research has shown that group prenatal care can lead to better birth outcomes, including among low-income and African American populations. Studies show babies born to mom in group prenatal care had higher birth weights and longer gestations. Click on the link below to take you to The Magnolia Project article that was featured in the Florida Times Union paper: