March for Babies with Healthy Start

Mar 30, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Every day, babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. We invite you to make a difference for Northeast Florida’s babies by joining the Healthy Start Coalition to “March for Babies.”

The First Coast March of Dimes’ 5k walk is May 7th at 9 am at the Northbank Riverwalk, 300 W. Water St.

If you can’t walk with us, please help by donating to our team. The March of Dimes supports the Coalition by funding programs like the Camellia Project, which aims to improve health knowledge and behaviors and provide support for women who have had a baby in the NICU, to reduce the risk of recurrent poor birth outcomes.

Springing into Children’s Health Care

Mar 29, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Thank you to everyone participated in and supported our Springing into Children’s Health Care event on Saturday, March 26. The event was a complete success and tons of fun!

Ronald McDonald entertained families, while community organizations provided health and vision screenings, children’s health insurance enrollment and many other services.

We had more than a dozen vendors and estimate that around 500 people attended. But most importantly, we completed Florida KidCare applications for 90 families — which means we helped nearly 200 children take the first step towards accessing vital health insurance. Families came from all over Jacksonville and from as far as Clay and Baker counties specifically to sign their children up!

For more information on Florida KidCare, call regional outreach coordinator Jack Johnson at 904-723-5422 x123 or complete the online application.

Springing into Children’s Health Care

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  • When: March 26, 2011
  • Location: 5801 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207
  • Time: 11am-2pm
  • Hosted by: McDonald’s & K-Mart

Sponsored by: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, St. Vincent’s Health Care, Florida KidCare, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville

Families can receive health and vision screenings; obtain discount prescription drug cards, receive boxes of food from Second Harvest Food Bank; apply for the WIC and SNAP programs; and enroll in Medicaid and Florida KidCare. Ronald McDonald will provide entertainment, and kids can also get their faces painted and visit with firefighters and their fire engine. The event is free to the public.

New Town Success Zone Photographers Debut at ArtWalk

Mar 23, 2011  •   Written by admin   •  no comments

Community photographers from the New Town Success Zone are making their debut at the April Jacksonville Art Walk.

Approximately 10 women participated in a PhotoVoice Project, entitled “Strengthening the Voices of Women in New Town: Making our Neighborhood Better for Children.” The NTSZ Early Childhood Committee and Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women organized the project, which is funded by the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Chartrand Foundation and individual donors.

The PhotoVoice concept is a means to build communities and inspire grassroots community action through participatory storytelling. The New Town project allows women from the North Jacksonville community to depict the concerns and strengths of the area and their hopes for a safe and appealing place to live and raise their young children through pictures.

ArtWalk is April 6, 2011 from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibit will be located on the 3rd floor of the main library, at 303 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.