Life course model, social determinants the focus of Magnolia Project training

Jul 11, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

20140709_141148Magnolia Project and other maternal and child health staff and Coalition Board members participated in a training and overview of the life course model and social determinants of health on July 9. The training emphasized that birth outcomes reflect the life course of the mother — the cumulative effects of health and life events — and not just pregnancy.

The Coalition began incorporating the life course approach into services in 2009, with the release and implementation of the 2009-2014 Service Delivery Plan. A strong life course delivery model was then integrated into the Magnolia Project, a federal Healthy Start project and initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition.

During a morning session, Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson, president of national research firm MAJAICA and a visiting scholar at Spelman College, trained the Magnolia Project staff on a new depression screening tool during


The afternoon session was open and covered the the life course theory and how the delivery model was implemented at Magnolia. See the full presentation here. The model includes:

  1. Individual services (case management — mitigating, reducing risks)
  2. Group services (interdependence, self-reliance)
  3. Community capacity-building
  4. Advocacy

As part of case management at Magnolia, participants complete an individual life plan, which focuses on three areas: access to preventive health care; family and community support; reduction of poverty and social inequities.


The change in approach elicited a positive response from participants and staff. It also resulted in collaborations in economic self-sufficiency and community development and led to the development of the Make a Difference! Leadership Academy.

After the presentation, the training participants played the Life Course Game, which was developed by CityMatCH as an interactive method of seeing the effects of the life course.


The last piece of the training was a panel discussion. The panelists were:

  • Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson
  • Karen Landry, War on Poverty, Executive Director
  • Dr. Irvin “PeDro” Cohen, New Town Success Zone, Director
  • Donna Price, Florida Department of Health — Duval County, Magnolia Project Clinic ARNP

Duval County Dads honored for their commitment to family

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Brandon Massey

Several Duval County dads were honored for their commitment to supporting their children and family as part of the June Honor a Father campaign, sponsored by the Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative and Florida Department of Children and Families.

Learn more about all 16 fathers honored here.

Todd Cook, part of the Magnolia Project, was nominated for his eagerness to care for his son and the child’s mother, as well as his advocacy for his son’s health issues.

Brandon Massey, part of Healthy Start through the Florida Department of Health, Duval County Health Department, was nominated for his desire to learn as much as possible about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting to support his son and the child’s mother.

Each father will receive a congratulatory letter from former NFL coach Tony Dungy, an award certificate and All-Pro Dad t-shirt, while nominating agencies will receive a New Parent Support Package from the National Fatherhood Initiative to support their father engagement efforts. Fathers who participated in a home visiting or other early childhood prevention program during the last year were eligible for nomination.

CDC Grand Rounds rebroadcasting “Public Health Approaches to Reducing Infant Mortality” July 15

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Grand Rounds is hosting an encore presentation of “Public Health Approaches to Reducing U.S. Infant Mortality” on July 15 from 1pm-2pm.

The broadcast will only be available at:

The sessions looks at the public health approaches to reducing infant mortality, a sentinel indicator of health. The United States has consistently had a higher infant mortality rate than many other developed countries. Speakers include:

  • Captain Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC. “Infant Mortality in the US: Where We Stand”
  •  Denise D’Angelo, MPH, Health Scientist, Division of Reproductive Health, Applied Sciences Branch, CDC, “PRAMS: Using Data to Reduce Infant Deaths”
  • Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics, “Reducing the Risks of SIDS: From “Back to Sleep” to “Safe to Sleep”
  • Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, “Toward a National Strategy on Infant Mortality”

There will also be a new “Beyond the Data” segment featuring Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Wanda Barfield, as they discuss some important updates since the session originally aired.

Maternal, child, father-focused action steps part of Clinton Health Matters Initiative Blueprint

Jul 10, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative unveiled their blueprint this week, the result a planning meeting that identified key strategies and action steps to improve the health of Northeast Florida.

The Initiative launched in Northeast Florida, its fourth community, in the fall and held an initial planning meeting in December with work groups focused on specific areas. It purpose of the initiative is to improve the health and well-being of all people by activating individuals, communities and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. The initiative uses the social determinants of health to drive its work.

Nine subgroups developed strategies: sexual activity; clinical care — access to care and quality of life; family and social support; employment, education and income; healthy eating and food quality; community safety; Substance abuse and tobacco and alcohol use; environmental quality and built environment; and physical activity

Many of the action steps and indicators tie into the work the Coalition does to improve the health of women, children and families in the region and reduce poor birth outcomes. Life course indicators, community issues and health and wellbeing of mothers and fathers has a large impact on infant mortality, premature birth and other indicators of poor outcomes.

Action steps and indicators that directly impact maternal and child health include:

  • Sexual Activity. Action Step: Identify or establish comprehensive teen health clinics in the five Northeast Florida counties.
  • Sexual Activity. Indicator of Success: At least one teen health clinic in each of the five counties has a teen specific environment and teen-sensitive services.
  • Sexual Activity. Action Step: Promote comprehensive health education for incarcerated youth.
  • Sexual Activity. Indicator of Success: 80 percent of youth in juvenile facilities will receive comprehensive health education
  • Community Safety. Action Step: Increase prevention programs to reduce youth crime and youth violence
  • Community Safety. Indicator of Success: Effective youth crime prevention programs are identified and expanded throughout the region.
  • Education, Employment and Income. Action Step: Support education and employment for young black men to accomplish economic self-sufficiency.
  • Education, Employment and Income. Indicator of Success. Increase the graduation rate among black males in Northeast Florida.

Rounds 2014: The competition is heating up!

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

RATG_ALLSTARS_LogoSome of the most influential leaders on the First Coast are joining the roster for the Healthy Start Coalition’s Rounds at the Grounds “All Stars” exhibition softball game. The signature fundraising event is scheduled for Thursday, August 21st before the Suns take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

The popular match-up, now in its fifth year, will challenge area medical professionals to take on popular community leaders from the First Coast. The competition will highlight the importance of getting the community to join together to reduce the area’s high infant mortality rate and improve the health of women, children and families in Northeast Florida.

This year’s theme “All Stars” also celebrates the great work of those who have supported the Coalition’s efforts. To date community leaders taking the field will be:

  • Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti and his wife Rachel
  • Morning Co-Host on 99.9 Gator Country Eden Kendall
  • Former WNBA Commissioner and Generation W founder Donna Orender
  • Celebrity Blogger Kerry Speckman
  • 2013 Duval County Teacher of the Year Apryl Shackelford
  • Gateway Community Services CEO Candy Hodgkins
  • Firehouse Subs CEO Don Fox
  •’s Matt Pittman
  • COO of Community in Schools Leon Baxton

Rounds At the Grounds 2013-0076Representing the medical profession to date: First Coast Oncology’s Dr. Scot Ackerman and Dr. Robert Harmon of the Duval County Medical Society.

The money raised for this event will help to support the sustainability of key Coalition activities that improve the health of families living in Northeast Florida. Sponsors for the Rounds at the Grounds, “All Stars,” exhibition softball game are Mayo Clinic, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Clinic and Southern Oak Insurance.

Rounds At the Grounds 2013-0014The 2014 Rounds at the Grounds, “All Stars” festivities are scheduled to begin at 4:45pm on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, followed by the Suns versus the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Tickets are specially priced at $10.50. Get your tickets here! The game will last approximately one hour; admission to the Jacksonville Suns game is included.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Charlene Shirk, Event Media Coordinator at 904-860-2991 or