SML Women’s 5k allowed Coalition to spread the word about services for women and healthy babies

May 2, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Coalition participated in the Shannon Miller Women’s 5k Run & Children’s Fun Run on Saturday and was able to talk community members about healthy pregnancies and babies!

Amanda, our AmeriCorps member and outreach specialist who attended the event, reported:

“There was a great turn out and many of the event participants and their supporters stopped by the Healthy Start table to ask questions and receive information materials. People asked questions about SIDS, safe sleep practices and wanted to know what services are available in the community. Several people that participated in the event were Healthy Start participants in the past and talked about how helpful the services had been for them during their pregnancy.”

Task Force featured in news for teen focus group results

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The NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force has been featured in the local news because of the results of several focus groups conducted around the region with teens that show they want a more holistic approach to sex education.

The focus groups have gained attention because the Baker County School Board will consider an abstinence-based sex education curriculum on Monday, May 2.

Read the Baker County Press story here.

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New Frontiers in Teacher Evaluation forum to take place May 4

Apr 29, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

On May 4, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and United Way are co-hosting a “New Frontiers in Teacher Evaluation,” a forum featuring national speakers on the issues of performance pay and value-added models.

Speakers include:

Keynote address: Rick Hess, American Enterprise Institute

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator: Sarah Glover, Harvard University Strategic Data Project
  • Tracye Brown, Hillsborough Public Schools
  • Katie Micek, Jefferson County Public Schools (Colorado)

The event will run from 4pm to 6pm, with a reception from 6 to 7 pm. and will be in the Ann Hicks Auditorium at the Jacksonville Public Library..

The forum is open to the public Guests can register for the event here.

May FIMR Meeting

Apr 27, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

  • When: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
  • Location: Healthy Start Coalition Conference Room, 644 Cesery Blvd., Ste. 210, Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Time: 12-2:30pm

Coalition members, staff attend Children’s Campaign breakfast

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“What’s Happening and What’s Next for Kids” was the theme of a legislative breakfast briefing held in Jacksonville April 27 by The Children’s Campaign. Campaign founder and president Roy Miller provided an update on legislative budget issues impacting children and challenged the 100 attendees to hold lawmakers accountable for proposed cuts in prevention, juvenile justice and education programs. State House and Senate conference committees begin meeting this week to finalize the 2011-2012 budget.

The non-partisan advocacy group focuses on an agenda of 5 Promises to Children. Promise 1 highlights maternal and child health care needs in the state, including Healthy Start, KidCare and access to prenatal care.

Coalition members Karen Wolfson, Joy Burgess and Jeff Goldhagen, and staff participated in the meeting. The briefing was sponsored by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Community Foundation and the Chartrand Foundation.