Magnolia launches preconception health toolkit and primary care initiatives, and Life Course Group Model

Oct 15, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Magnolia Project, the Coalition’s federal Healthy Start program, launched several new initiatives in 2014 to better meet the needs of clients based on their life course and to address gaps in services in the community:

  • Life Course Approach: The Project began providing life course education through weekly group activities. Group education focused on topics related to the three Life Plan domains:
    • Access to preventive health care and related risk reduction services that improve a woman’s chances for a healthy birth in the future. This includes basic reproductive health services, such as GYN care and family planning, as well as care for chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
    • Family and Community support including activities that provide at-risk women with the skills to develop healthy relationships and connectedness with communities through civic engagement and participation.
    • Reduction of poverty and social inequities that assist participants in completing their education, gaining job skills, confronting discrimination and racism, and developing financial literacy.

Participants are encouraged to take part in group education activities based on the goals they have set in their Life Plans.

  • Primary Care: The Magnolia Project will offer primary care services one day a week at the clinic as a pilot. Magnolia participants that utilize clinical services will have the opportunity to receive primary care at the clinic to help them manage other health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
  • Preconception Health: Within the Magnolia Project clinic, the primary care and reproductive health ARNPs will implement the Preconception Care Clinical toolkit, a series of evidence-based recommendations for delivery of preventive care and reproductive health services. The goal of the toolkit is to help clinicians reach every woman who might someday become pregnant every time she presents for routine primary care with efficient, evidence-based strategies and resources. Magnolia will also create a model intervention using material from the toolkit and the Show Your Love campaign for use by home visitors/case managers in promoting and supporting reproductive health planning by at-risk women of childbearing age.
  • Postpartum Depression: To address postpartum depression, Magnolia is offering the Mother and Babies Course (MB): Preventing Postpartum Depression, an evidence-based group and home visitation intervention for use with at-risk pre- and inter-conceptional women served by the Magnolia Project. It provides these women with a course aimed at preventing the onset of major depressive episodes, allowing them to practice ways to free their mind and connect with others.

October: SIDS Awareness Month

Oct 14, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

shutterstock_192999722A growing number of babies are dying due to sleep-related deaths across the nation. To bring attention to one of the main causes of these deaths, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), October is National SIDS Awareness month.

SIDS is one cause of Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUIDs), when a baby dies in his or her sleep. While there is no known cause of SIDS, there are ways to help prevent these deaths and other SUIDs, including putting baby to sleep on his or her back, alone and in a crib.

Sleep-related deaths had been declining after several years of a nationwide education campaign, Back to Sleep, but are on the rise again. SUIDs, which include SIDS, accounted for 18.4 percent of infant deaths in 2013, compared to 16.3 percent statewide.


Twenty-six babies died in Northeast Florida in 2013 from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which accounted for 65 percent of the the deaths, and suffocation and strangulation both in the bed and in other locations.

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PRESS RELEASE: Report on status of fetal and infant deaths in Northeast Florida to be released

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Significant racial disparities still persist, sleep-related deaths increase

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. Despite overall historic progress, maternal and child health data shows more work needs to be done to ensure every baby has a healthy start. After reaching its lowest level in 20 years, the regional infant mortality rate has increased for the second year in a row, with black babies continuing to die at twice the rate of white babies and an increasing number of infants dying of sleep-related deaths.

Causes and factors contributing to the region’s infant mortality will be examined during the Annual Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Community Meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Early Learning Coalition of Duval County, 8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Jacksonville, FL. The meeting is hosted by the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and will inform local residents and leaders about the persistent issues plaguing our community.

The FIMR project will release the annual 2013-14 Project Impact report. The goal of the project, an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, is to reduce infant mortality by gathering and reviewing detailed information to gain a better understanding of fetal and infant deaths happening in our area. Project Impact, which began in 1995, is funded by the Florida Department of Health.

The Community Action Team, which implements FIMR’s recommendations, will also report on their progress.

Contact: Jennifer Gornto
Office: 904-723-5422 x111

Free health screenings available October 25th

Oct 9, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Free Health Screenings Flyer 2014_Page_1Free screenings will be available October 25th as part of the fourth annual Indo-American Medical Association of Northeast Florida Health Screenings and Wellness Fair. The health fair will be at the Wyndham Downtown Jacksonville Hotel at 1515 Prudential Drive from 10am-2pm.

Screenings will include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Glucose
  • Cholesterol
  • BMI
  • Dental
  • Prostate
  • Podiatry
  • Cardiac evaluation
  • Eye
  • And more!

The free screenings and tests are being provided by the Indo-American Medical Association of Northeast Florida in cooperation from Baptist Health and St. Vincent’s Hospital.

What’s your role? PPE and 4Me Teen Health Project facilitator Yasheika Allen

Sep 30, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

YasheikaYasheika Allen served as a Preconception Peer Educator and facilitator for the 4Me Teen Health Project. She is a recent graduate of the University of North Florida. She shares her role in preventing infant mortality:

Yasheika began in 2010 as a Preconception Peer Educator, a program that enlists college students as peer educators not only on college campuses but also in the community at large. She also participated in the Jacksonville Infant Mortality Alliance.

“I believe my role as a preconception peer educator is to increase, promote, and raise awareness about Infant Mortality to all women and men. Especially to populations that are at a higher risk, such as African American women.


She continued her role as an educator when she become a facilitator for the 4Me Teen Health Project, a program for adolescents that provides comprehensive sex education and youth leadership opportunities, in addition to working with parents on communication skills.

“I believe my role as a Teen Health Project facilitator is to emphasize the portion of the curriculum that discusses having a life plan as well as the development of goals. If my job is done correctly, teens will walk away knowing how to make informed decisions about their health as well as the available resources available to help them make informed decision about and for their health.”

Yasheika facilitated two series of the 4Me Teen Health Project before becoming the facilitator for the pilot 4Me Teen Health Project.

“I believe my role as the Teen Ambassador coordinator is to allow the ambassadors to be advocates/ educators in their community. “