Changes coming to Florida KidCare full pay program

Sep 2, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

2linelo [Converted]Beginning October 1, families enrolled in the Florida KidCare full-pay program will be shifted to Affordable Care Act-compliant plans with premiums up to 95 percent higher than the previous plans.

The cost of the subsidized Florida KidCare plans — for those families under 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level — will remain the same ($0, $15 or $20 per month), although the available providers may change. The increase in premiums impacts coverage for children in families with income exceeding 200 percent of the FPL— an amount greater than $48,500 for a family of four.

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month 2015

Sep 1, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

NIMAM_Logo_2015Each year, too many babies die from preventable causes and lack of health services. September is honored as National Infant Mortality Awareness month, to bring attention to the fact that many babies in the United States still don’t make it to their first birthday.

This year the Healthy Start Coalition is celebrating EVERY baby — because each one deserves a healthy start.

On September 12, the Coalition will host the second annual Jacksonville Baby Buggy Walk in the Park at 4pm at Unity Plaza Jax (220 Riverside Ave.). The event, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and other partners, will bring together clients and their families, dedicated staff and members of the community to participate in a 2 mile walk with babies in buggies in an effort to encourage pregnant and postpartum women and their families to participate in healthy activities. There will also be a health fair with information and screenings.

On our blog, throughout the month, our partners, participants and providers will be sharing more about the work we are doing to improve outcomes in the community. Check back and make sure to look for #celebrateeverybaby on social media!

Guest post: National Youth Leadership Team member Romalous Jones

Aug 26, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments


This blog was written by Romalous Jones, a 4Me Teen Health Project Teen Leader at the APEL Health Services site. In addition to completing the 4Me program, Romalous has been a Teen Peer Health Advocate with APEL’s Project Youthlink, which engages youth in community service activities and peer mentorship.

Romalous was recently selected as one of 14 teens from across the country to be a member of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s 2015-2016 Youth Leadership Team. As part of this prestigious honor, Romalous attended a kick-off trip to Washington D.C. where all the team members received a crash course on teen pregnancy prevention, were advised on the latest news in the teen world and had fun exploring the nation’s capital.

Hello my name is Romalous Jones, I am 17 years old and I am currently a senior at First Coast High School.

I’ve been apart of APEL for about three years. I enjoy many things about the Teen Health Project — I really love the whole concept of the program. I love the fact that we actually get to go into the community and let our own peers know about the dangers that no one else will.

I enjoy the teens that I get to meet and work with. All of us are all so different and yet we still relate to so many things.

The 2015-2016 Youth Leadership Team in Washington D.C.

The 2015-2016 Youth Leadership Team in Washington D.C.

When I was accepted into the Youth Leadership Team I felt so amazed. I thought that there was a slight possibility of me getting accepted, but I never actually thought about getting accepted. When I finally got the call saying I would be apart of the YLT, I was so excited for the trip.

I would have to say that I enjoyed meeting everyone on the trip to Washington the most and seeing Washington the most since it was my first time in the Capitol. I learned a lot on the trip but I would have to say that the most important thing I learned about on the trip is the importance of safe sex.

Barbers for Babies event brings education, fun for families

Aug 19, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

IMG_0399Six barbershops and dozens of families came together on August 9th to bring awareness to infant mortality and have fun before the start of the school year at the Barbers for Babies Infant Mortality and Back to School Jam.

The local barber shops participated in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Woodland Acres Boys and Girls Club in Arlington. In addition to basketball, the first 200 school-aged children that attended where given books bags filled with school supplies to get them ready to start the school year. Long-time Barber for Babies member JD Upson, of the The Cut Above barbershop, manned the grill.

PLAQUE revisionThroughout the event, information about infant mortality and ways to prevent it were announced to the crowd. Participants also had a chance to check out information from The Magnolia Project, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health, the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida and Molina Healthcare during the health fair.

At the end of the day a special plaque was given to the family of Winston Thompson Sr., who passed away earlier in the year. He was a champion for Barbers for Babies and was a volunteer for the Coalition for more than four years.