NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force meeting January 13

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In November 2011, the NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force released “Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Northeast Florida: A Plan for Community Action” after a year of monthly meetings, reviewing best practices and selecting strategies. The Task Force had several follow-up meetings, the last occurring in January 2014. The Task Force will begin meeting again in January 2015 on a quarterly basis to continue to address the issue of teen births and teen pregnancy prevention.

On Tuesday, January 13 at 4:30pm, we invite you to attend the next Task Force meeting to discuss what else still needs to be done to improve the sexual health of adolescents in Northeast Florida. Please see below for meeting details:

  • Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
  • Time: 4:30pm
  • Location: Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Conference Room, 644 Cesery Blvd. Ste. 210, Jacksonville, FL

We hope to see you at this meeting.  We will review the implementation strategies, update the action plan, hear about initiatives funded through the Task Force, discuss future funding opportunities and determine actions going forward. Please contact Erin Addington with any questions.

2014 Holiday Wishlist

Nov 25, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  2 comments

shutterstock_167384207The Healthy Start Coalition is collecting new, donated items for program participants this holiday season. Please consider making a monetary contribution or donating needed items to the Coalition to make sure families in Northeast Florida are healthy and every baby has a healthy start.

Contact Sara Rieger at 904.723.5422 x124 or for information on how to donate.

Items Needed:

  • Gift cards to Publix, Winn Dixie, CVS, Walgreens or Walmart
  • JTA bus passes
  • Gas cards
  • Personal hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, etc.
  • Household products: cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
  • Items to reduce stress: candles, small journals and pens, small inspirational/meditation books, stress balls, etc.
  • Diapers
  • Car seats- new
  • Pack N Plays- new

These items will encourage participants to attend classes and groups offered by the Coalition, such as:

  • The Magnolia Project’s smoking cessation, stress relief, healthy living, STD prevention, pregnancy prevention, safe sleep and life course classes.
  • 4Me Teen Health Project classes for teens about sexuality, healthy relationships, STD prevention and pregnancy prevention.
  • Responsible Fatherhood classes, which teach men about the important role fathers play in a family and how to be a dad.

Open Position: Human Resources Manager

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The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a Human Resources Manager.

This position is responsible for maintaining employee files; handling new hires and terminations; assisting program managers with job description and interviewing as needed; processing bi-weekly payroll and maintaining employee payroll information; identifying and coordinating employee engagement and team building activities. For a full list of responsibilities, skills and qualifications, please read the Human Resources Manager job description.

Resume and cover letters should be e-mailed to Submission deadline is December 18, 2014.

Coalition receives breastfeeding grant to improve duration rates in Nurse-Family Partnership program

Nov 24, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

shutterstock_166780799bwThe Healthy Start Coalition was awarded a grant to improve breastfeeding initiation and duration rates within the Jacksonville Nurse-Family Partnership program by implementing strategies identified through a Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN).

The initiative is funded through the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ “Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Support Project” and will be implemented at the Florida Department of Health — Duval County and UF Health Jacksonville/Shands.

While breastfeeding initiation rates are high in the region and program, duration rates decrease sharply at six months. Racial disparities also persist within the community and the project, putting black babies at higher risk of never being breastfed and increasing the likelihood that they will not achieve the desired six-month duration of breastfeeding.

Through the HV CoIIN strategies, the multi-agency Nurse Family Partnership team will implement peer support groups, professional consultation and increased accessibility to breast pumps, pumping stations and breastfeeding supplies to increase both initiation and duration rates among program participants, with a particular focus on first-time African American and teen mothers.