National Public Health Week: Jerusalem Bereket, Episcopal Children’s Services

Apr 5, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

3535. NPHW webIn honor of National Public Health Week, please join us in celebrating all of our wonderful partners who work every day to improve our communities! The theme of NPHW this year is to become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — by year 2030. 

Jerusalem Bereket is the Health and Nutrition Specialist with Episcopal Children’s Services and a member of the Coalition. She shares in this guest post the role her organization plays in building a healthy community in Northeast Florida!

The mission of Episcopal Children’s Services is to create opportunity so that the children we serve can achieve their full potential. This philosophy includes a comprehensive approach to learning, which encompasses, but is not limited to, physical, social and emotional health; language and communication; cognitive development; and motor development.

Jerusalem Blog PhotoServices specific to my role include, but are not limited to, regular on-going health; nutrition; development & dental screenings; and follow-up and treatment.  I make up a part of our team as the Health and Nutrition Specialist which includes a myriad of responsibilities ranging from biometric screenings to community engagement. All these services and screenings allow us to assess each child’s overall health and help us support the child for an optimal learning experience. As the Health and Nutrition Specialist, I provide education and support in every aspect of health and nutrition to our children and families.

Being new to the maternal and child health field, it is amazing to learn, participate and collaborate with organizations serving the children in our community. Initially, I was unaware of the extent of services offered to our children. Participating in community organizations while working for Episcopal Children’s Services has really taught me the importance of assisting families to help ensure their children reach their full potential: in health and education. As a result, I would have to say community engagement is my favorite aspect of my position. With this responsibility, I am able to tap into several resources that have been very beneficial to the families we serve. I am excited to be a part of ECS and the Healthy Start Coalition and look forward to continuing my work with both organizations.

 

National Public Health Week: Deanna McDonald, Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida

Apr 4, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

3535. NPHW webIn honor of National Public Health Week, please join us in celebrating all of our wonderful partners who work every day to improve our communities! The theme of NPHW this year is to become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — by year 2030. 

Deanna McDonald is CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida and a member of the Coalition. She shares in this guest post the role her organization plays in building a healthy community in Northeast Florida!

Although National Public Health Week is April 4th-11th, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida promotes public health 365 days a year. Our collaborative culture and widespread pursuit of partnerships is a vital piece to increasing positive public health outcomes.

CHW Conference Deanna Presenting 9.2015...croppedOur Council has been the champion of healthy communities and lifestyles and accessible, quality health and wellness throughout Northeast Florida for more than 40 years. As a private, legislatively-mandated planning organization, we dedicate resources and expertise to regional health utilization data and information; manage health and the social determinants of health indicators for the region; and provide health and strategic planning and research. We serve seven counties;  Duval, Baker, Nassau, Clay, Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia.  Some of our services include community health needs assessments and action planning; health impact assessments; and healthcare utilization studies.  Some of our programs are the Affordable Care Act Navigator Program and Ryan White Program Administration.  Because of our mission, we partner with many non-profit agencies throughout the Northeast Florida region to serve our community in regards to health and well-being.

HPCNEF_LogoOur past and continued partnership with the Healthy Start Coalition is one such example. Currently, we work with many coalition members such as the Magnolia Project to assist the uninsured population obtain health coverage, increase health literacy and promote overall wellness practices. This is just one of many positive collaborations throughout our seven-county region that contributed to over 100,000 healthcare enrollments in Duval County alone.

Finally, National Public Health Week is a great opportunity to review best practices and build upon our existing partnerships so we may stand together and collectively advocate for positive public health outcomes all year long. Join us!

National Public Health Week 2016: The healthiest nation in one generation

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3535. NPHW webNational Public Health Week (NPHW) is celebrated the first week of April each year, but this year’s theme encompasses a far larger time frame — a whole generation.

NPHW, an initiative of the American Public Health Association, serves as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight important issues and challenges. This year the focus is on addressing the fact that Americans live shorter lives and suffer from more health issues than people in other high-income countries.

The week also draws attention to the great work in the field that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and betters communities. In honor of National Public Health Week this year, please join us in celebrating all of our wonderful partners who work every day to improve our communities! Contributors include:

Jacksonville Kids 2016 Legislative Session Recap & Roundtable

Mar 22, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Jax Kids Advocacy Recap FlyerJoin us on April 5 for a Jacksonville Kids 2016 Legislative Session Recap & Roundtable at the Jessie Ball duPont Center. Hear from members of the Duval Delegation and local leaders about the issues that impact our kids.

Moderated by WJCT’s Melissa Ross, legislators will share their insight and take questions from listeners of First Coast Connect and the live audience. The discussion will be a live remote broadcast of First Coast Connect on 89.9 FM WJCT.

Registration is required: click here to RSVP. The reception begins at 8am. The panel will begin promptly at 9 am.

This event is brought to you by the Healthy Start Coalition, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Nonprofit Center of Northeast FloridaUnited Way of Northeast Florida and WJCT.

Coordinated Intake & Referral Team attends statewide Learning Collaborative

Mar 16, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

IMG_3354The Duval County Coordinated Intake and Referral (CI&R) team attended the kick-off meeting for the statewide Action Learning Collaborative March 10-11 at the Aloft Hotel Jacksonville Tapestry Park in Jacksonville.

The team presented their poster — “The Bridges of Duval County,” after Jacksonville’s seven bridges that span the St. Johns River —  which introduced the team and described the community, successes and opportunities. Several members of the team attended, including Coalition Associate Executive Director Janette Hunt; CI&R Project Coordinator Beverly Butler; Peer Breastfeeding Counselor Denise Mills; Early Head Start Program Director Christine Stephens; and Coalition Interim Executive Director Faye Johnson.

The entire Duval County Coordinated Intake & Referral Team.

The entire Duval County Coordinated Intake & Referral Team.

Meeting participants were thoroughly impressed by the team’s creativity. The attendees were afforded the opportunity to hear from several speakers such as, Tana Ebbole, Vice President of the JPB Foundation, and Carol Scoggins, MCH Section Administrator, Florida Department of Health. Carol Brady, Lisa Pelle and several staff members from CityMatCH led the group through two days of team activities, in addition to a meeting with the evaluation team from the University of South Florida.

The Healthy Start Coalition is leading the initiative to develop the local intake system based on the state Healthy Start prenatal and infant screening process. Coordinated intake and referral is a community-based system for identifying at-risk families and connecting them to services that best meet their preferences and needs. Funding was received from the Florida Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting Central Intake and Referral Action Learning Collaborative Project to fully develop the system.