Open Position: Mental Health Counselor

Apr 17, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a Mental Health Counselor with the Magnolia Project.

The Mental Health Counselor is primarily responsible for intervention activities to support childbearing women ages 15-44 and work with individual and in groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health.   Click here for the full job description.

Resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed to

2017 Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service

Apr 13, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

hi2National Health Corps Florida staff and members participated in the 2017 Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service on April 4. Duval County’s AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs hiwere invited to the event that honored their commitment and federally-funded community service they provide for Jacksonville. NHC Florida joined other local programs like City Year, LISC, The Arc and Teach for America. NHC Florida member Eric Bethea was selected to give a short presentation on what his service with NHC Florida meant to him. Afterwards, Mayor Lenny Curry’s Chief of Staff Kerri Stewart and Jacksonville City Council Member Samuel Newby awarded National Health Corps Florida a certificate honoring the wellness education and access to healthcare they provide.

Back to sleep, tummy to play

Apr 10, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Tummy time is an essential part of a child’s development. Tummy time is the time when baby is placed on their stomach, while they are awake and supervised.

Tummy time helps baby develop strong head, neck and shoulder muscles, and promotes certain shutterstock_87274753motor skills, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH). Tummy time can also reduce the risk of baby’s head becoming flattened. Tummy time is also encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

It is strongly recommended that babies sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib for bedtime and naps. But during times when baby is awake, tummy time is critical for a child’s growth.

Tummy time should take place on a flat, ground level surface, on top of a blanket or something soft. Putting a toy or a colorful object in front of baby during tummy time can help them interact with their surrounds and encourage movement. As baby gets older, tummy time can extend and become more frequent.

For more information on tummy time check out the links below.

Different ways to do tummy time

Tummy Time Tips

Infant and Toddler Safety

Remember, back to sleep, tummy to play!

2017 March for Babies

Apr 4, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Join the Healthy Start Coalition team as we walk in the 2017 First Coast March for Babies for stronger, healthier babies.IMG_5098

The three-mile walk will be held on May 6 , 2017 at 9 am at Jacksonville University.

Visit our team page to sign up to walk with us or donate!

The March of Dimes has supported many of the Coalition’s community-based programs including the Baby Sleep Practices Survey, Camellia project and the statewide 39 Weeks initiative.