Exclusive breastfeeding rates vary by hospital in Northeast Florida

Jan 8, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

iStock_000000548251Small b&wExclusive breastfeeding rates during new mothers’ hospital stays varied significantly by facility in Northeast Florida in 2015, according to quarterly data released by the Northeast Florida Breastfeeding Collaborative. Approximately 75 percent of moms that delivered at Baby-Friendly Hospitals breastfed exclusively, compared to less than 30 percent of moms at UF Health Jacksonville.

Click here to see the 2015 rates for all Northeast Florida hospitals. The data is collected from electronic health records and chart reviews by hospital lactation consultants.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about six months because of the myriad of health benefits associated.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville and St. Vincent’s Southside are the region’s only two Baby Friendly Hospitals. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and maternity facilities that offer optimal care for breastfeeding mothers and babies.

The BFHI promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding through the “10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals.” Hospitals should allow initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life,  provide no other food or drink, allow breastfeeding on demand and prohibit bottles, teats or pacifiers.

The NEFL Breastfeeding Collaborative created 15 educational sessions required to meet the staff training component of BFHI, to help additional facilitites in the region meet this step of the certification process.

The Collaborative is a network of health care professionals and organizations in Northeast Florida working collaboratively to advance the initiation and duration of breastfeeding among all women. It was launched 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.

Apply to become a National Health Corps Florida host site!

Jan 7, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

NHC Logo Round nfhcThe National Health Corps Florida is seeking interested agencies from Northeast Florida to host AmeriCorps members for a 46-week term beginning in September 2016. Applications to become a host site are due February 16th.

Created in 1994, the mission of National Health Corps (NHC) is to foster healthy communities by connecting those who need it most with health and wellness education, benefits and services, while developing tomorrow’s compassionate health leaders. To achieve this mission, each year the National Health Corps recruits, trains and places emerging health leaders in resource-limited organizations that aim to improve health outcomes.

Monica Adlephonse 2The NHC Florida program is one four programs under the National Health Corps umbrella. Each program is a sub-grantee of the Health Federation of Philadephia, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The National Health Corps Florida is administered locally by the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition.

To learn more or apply, please access the 2016-2017 application materials:

Any interested organizations can contact Program Director Jennifer Larramore by email or at 904.723.5422 x115 to set up a meeting to discuss the opportunity to partner.

Temporary Position: MomCare Advisor

Jan 5, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a temporary MomCare Advisor.

Responsibilities include explaining Medicaid insurance benefits to pregnant women; assisting in accessing health care coverage for pregnant women; facilitating appointments and community services available to pregnant women; and addressing any questions related to coverage.

For a full list of responsibilities, skills and qualifications, please read the MomCare Advisor job description.

Resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed to resume@nefhsc.org.

Open Position: Admin Assistant/Intake Specialist

Dec 28, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Assistant/Intake Specialist for a Maternal Central Intake & Referral program.

This position is responsible for  administrative duties such as managing the front desk, processing mail and other general duties, and assisting with an Intake and Referral project. For a full list of responsibilities, skills and qualifications, please read the Administrative Assistant/Intake Specialist job description.

Resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed to resume@nefhsc.org.

Open Position: Project Coordinator

Dec 17, 2015  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Update: This position is no longer open.

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a full-time Project Coordinator for a Maternal Central Intake & Referral program.

The Project Coordinator will provide content leadership, implementation, and operational coordination. For a full list of responsibilities, skills and qualifications, please read the Project Coordinator position description.

Resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed to resume@nefhsc.org.