Even though they all live within the city boundaries, Jacksonville’s children are not afforded equal opportunities — often based on where they live.
A report released in March 2011 looked at how more than a dozen indicators affect the well-being of children in Duval County. The report was conducted by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University for the Jacksonville Children’s Commission. The Jesse Ball DuPont Fund paid for the study.
The indicators were divided into three specific areas: Neighborhood Indicators, Education and School-Related Indicators, and Health and Environmental Indicators.
The results showed that there is a division of opportunity between the eastern and western parts of the county. While the southeastern portion of the city has seen opportunity improvement for children, there has been a persistent concentration of opportunity-poor communities in the Urban Core and an opportunity decline in areas in the southwest over the last twenty years.
There is also a significant racial disparity: While only 16.56 percent of white children live in lower opportunity areas, the percentage for African American children is 59.73 percent.
Poverty rates and related indicators have a notable impact on health outcomes. For example, Health Zone 1 has the worst neighborhood conditions and the highest incidence of health outcomes like diabetes and teen births. The Coalition has also seen a similar trend in this area with infant mortality.
The Kirwan Institute also looked in depth at the New Town Success Zone area in North Jacksonville, a neighborhood-based city initiative modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone. The report revealed that the NTSZ area has a very high concentration of non-whites (98 to 100 percent ), alongside a concentration of poverty and low-income families — which is reflected in the high percentage of economically disadvantaged students in the two schools in the area.
Pregnant women in Baker County aren’t getting the care they need — so the Baker County Infant Mortality Task Force has set out to let the community know: Moms Matter!
The Task Force has launched a media campaign targeted at pregnant women and the overall community, to promote early and regular prenatal care and make sure the community is supporting women during their pregnancies.
Ads have run in the newspaper, local articles and news blurbs on the issue have been printed (check them out here and here) and fans will be available to churches and community agencies. The fans include a list of over 100 “Intentional Acts of Kindness Toward a Pregnant Woman.” The Coalition also has a Web page devoted to resources in the community available to pregnant women!
Seeking prenatal care early — in the first trimester — and regularly is vital to the health of babies. Mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have low birth weight babies and five times more likely to have their baby die, compared to mothers who do receive prenatal care.
Most women in Baker County receive their prenatal care from private physicians and the county health department. Prenatal care should begin in the first trimester, but many women enter into care late (second trimester or later) or do not enter into care at all.
Women who don’t receive prenatal care early and regularly are more likely to have poor birth outcomes — but pregnant women in North Jacksonville will soon have a new resource to promote their health and well-being during this critical time.
The Zeta Phi Beta sorority is opening a new Stork’s Nest program on April 30 at 11 am at their Northside location: 3805 Moncrief Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32209. The Beta Alpha Zeta chapter established the Stork’s Nest to increase prenatal care and education by providing much needed baby and maternity items to local expectant mothers who are at-risk for preterm births
The national Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has partnered with the March of Dimes since 1972 to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy through a two-tiered program of incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients earn points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, by participating in health-promoting activities like attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes and keeping appointments for well-baby visits.
Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork’s Nests serving nearly 30,000 women.
Locally, the Stork’s Nest is sponsored by the Healthy Start Coalition and a collaboration between the March of Dimes and the Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Inc.
Organizations interested in hosting group prenatal care classes through the CenteringPregnancy model have the opportunity to participate in a workshop organized by the Centering Health Institute.
The workshop is June 24 and 25 from 8 am to 4:30 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Complete the registration here.
This two-day interactive workshop provides the basic information needed to begin CenteringPregnancy group care. Demonstration, discussion and practice opportunities at the workshop will draw upon individuals’ experiences and address site-specific needs.
Workshop objectives include:
• Understanding the basic principles underlying a group approach to prenatal care
• Understanding Centering Pregnancy as a particular model of group prenatal care
• Articulating the theory guiding groups and to differentiate Centering groups from other types of groups
• Identifying leadership components
• Understanding the potential contribution of the model to the education of professional students
• Developing a plan for the design and implementation of a Centering program within various agencies
Participants receive 12 credit hours (1.2 CEUs) from the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
- When: May 11, 2011
- Location: Shands Jacksonville Learning Resource Center, Birch Cherry Room, 683 W. 8th St., Jacksonville, FL 32209
- Time: 4-5:30 pm
The Task Force will participate in a conference call with the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina to hear about their efforts to pass a state statute mandating comprehensive sex education in schools.