Florida Birth Defects Registry report released

May 4, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

One in 28 babies in Florida are born with a birth defect — which are the leading cause of infant death, according to the latest Florida Birth Defects Registry reported released by the state Department of Health.

The registry report looks at data from 1998-2007. The most common defects include congenital heart defects, cleft lip, gastroschisis, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and congential abnormalities.

While the causes of two-thirds of birth defects are unknown, women can help prevent birth defects by planning their pregnancy and seeing their health care provider prior to becoming pregnant to discuss family history, use of medications or chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes or epilepsy.

Defects of the neural tube and those in the fetal alcohol spectrum can be prevented by taking folic acid prior to and during pregnancy and avoiding alcohol while pregnant.

In 2007, the state DOH received funding to operate and manage this statewide birth defects registry in response to the public’s ongoing concern about birth defects and environmental hazards. For more information on the registry, visit the FBDR Web site.

NAS Jax Hospital close to Baby-Friendly Hospital designation

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NAS Jacksonville moved a step closer to becoming the first hospital in Northeast Florida to receive the “Baby-Friendly Hospital” designation recognizing its support of breastfeeding mothers. The national inspection team will conduct a site visit at the facility August 15-17th to document compliance with the ten steps required for designation.

If successful, NAS Jax would become the third hospital in Florida to achieve this status. Cape Canaveral Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital are the two hospitals in the state with the designation.

NAS Jax has been an active participant in the NEF Breastfeeding Collaborative, organized in 2009 to promote and support improved policies and practices in delivering hospitals in the region. Baby-Friendly Hospital designation for all maternity facilities was a key recommendation for improving infant health included in the 2008 JCCI Infant Mortality Study.


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.

Watch the Action News Jax coverage:

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.