Open Position: Human Resources/Administrative Assistant

Jul 18, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for the Human Resources Manager/Administrative Assistant position.

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; and assisting with administrative duties including meeting setup, appointment scheduling and accounting. For a full list of responsibilities, skills and qualifications, please read the Human Resources Manager/Administrative Assistant job description.

Resume and cover letters should be e-mailed to Submission deadline is August 1, 2014.

North Florida Health Corps recognizes 2013-14 members

Jul 17, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

IMG_9473The North Florida Health Corps, an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, recognized 20 2013-14 Corps members at a ceremony July 17.

Each member served at least 1700 hours over the course of the 46-week term of service, providing direct service in various public health-focused nonprofit and government partners in five counties in North Florida, including Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns.


Coalition Board Chair Dr. Stephen Baker gave the keynote speech, reflecting on his time as a PeaceCorps member in Africa. He emphasized to the members and audience the importance of knowing and understanding the community you are serving.

Each member, mentor  and site was recognized. Mentors then had the opportunity to thank the members for their service and efforts. The 20 members served at 16 sites:

  • IMG_9338Baptist Health
  • Florida Department of Health — Baker County
  • Florida Department of Health — Clay County
  • Florida Department of Health — Nassau County
  • Hubbard House
  • I.M. Sulzbacher Center
  • NEFL Healthy Start Coalition
  • River Region Human Services
  • The Arc Jacksonville
  • UF Health Jacksonville — Healthy Start
  • UF Health Jacksonville — Nurse Family Partnership
  • Women’s Center of Jacksonville
  • YMCA Duval County
  • YMCA Clay County
  • YMCA Healthy Living Department

Study shows Nurse Family Partnership helps reduce preventable deaths

Jul 15, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

One of the Jacksonville NFP nurses discusses important health topics with a client

One of the Jacksonville NFP nurses discusses important health topics with a client

Families that received nurse home visits through the Nurse Family Partnership were less likely to experience child and maternal mortality, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics in July 2014.

The Nurse Family Partnership is an evidence-based home visiting program for first-time mothers. In Jacksonville, the program is currently being implemented through the Duval County and Shands Jacksonville Healthy Start programs, part of the Florida Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

The study was a randomized clinical trial with more than two decades of follow-up. It looked at mortality outcomes of families that participated in the Nurse Family Partnership in Memphis. Results showed lower rates of child mortality from birth to age 20 and maternal mortality rates were three times higher for mothers not participating in the the program.

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.