Preconception toolkit for primary care providers now available

Aug 12, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

SYL showyourlove-graphic-whitebgA new toolkit is available for primary care physicians to help them meet their patients’ preconception needs. The National Preconception/Interconception Care Clinical Toolkit is available on the BeforeandBeyond website and focuses on the response to the question “Are you hoping to become pregnant in the next year?”

Depending on a woman’s answer — she plans on pregnancy, is unsure or does not desire to become pregnant — physicians can access information and resources that allow them to tailor their response and care to meet her overall and reproductive health needs.

Preconception health is a woman’s health during the years she can have a child. It has the largest impact on birth outcomes. Whether they are planning to become pregnant or not, it is important for women to take care of their heal

The goal of the toolkit is to help clinicians reach every woman who might someday become pregnant every time she presents for routine primary care with efficient, evidence-based strategies and resources.

The toolkit was developed by the Clinical Work Group of the national Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative, a public-private partnership working to advance  preconception knowledge and care, and was supported in part by funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Help fund Project Moses on

Aug 7, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

PMProject Moses baskets provide a safe sleeping environment for babies who otherwise don’t have access to a proper sleep surface. With sleep-related deaths increasing in the region, consider making a donation to the Coalition’s campaign for the project: Project Moses on

Babies under the age of one should be placed alone, on their back, in a crib for optimal safety. Sleep-related deaths are a leading cause of infant mortality and often occur when a baby is on its stomach, sharing a sleep surface or suffocated by items in the crib or bed.

After declining for several years, these deaths are on the rise again. Twenty-six babies died in Northeast Florida in 2013 from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and suffocation and strangulation both in the bed and in other locations. Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUIDs), which include SIDS, accounted for 18.4 percent of infant deaths in 2013.

Project Moses baskets cost approximately $25 per basket. Funding will provide Project Moses baskets for 50 babies. Church and community-based volunteers will construct the bassinets, providing a service but also learning about safe sleep guidelines in the process. The completed cribs will be distributed to at-risk clients in the Healthy Start program and other social services agencies in Northeast Florida.

Baby Buggy Walk in the Park

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In honor of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, the Healthy Start Coalition is hosting a city-wide Baby Buggy Walk in the Park and health fair at the Magnolia Project on September 13.

The event, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and other partners, will bring together clients and their families, dedicated staff and members of the community to participate in a 2.2 mile walk with babies in buggies in an effort to encourage pregnant and postpartum women and their families to participate in healthy activities.

The kick-off event is the walk which will start at 9 Magnolia Project (5300 N. Pearl St., Jacksonville) and ending at Magnolia Project. A health fair in the Pearl Plaza parking lot will include vision screening, BMI, HIV testing and pregnancy testing. All participants will receive educational materials on healthy lifestyles and reducing infant mortality. Other festival activities will include group exercise activities, games, crafts, storytelling and more.

Join the Baby Buggy Walk in the Park Facebook Event Page for updates, details and pictures!

Give & Go 100 — Get your Jaguars tickets today!

Aug 6, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Support our hometown football team the Jacksonville Jaguars and ensure every baby has a healthy start! Get your best-priced single-game Jaguars tickets through this link and a portion of the ticket sales ($10 per ticket!) will benefit the Healthy Start Coalition.


Tickets are available for all home games except the Pittsburgh Steelers game on October 5th. Prices range from $40-$50 per ticket.


Give and Go 100 is a partnership of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jaguars Foundation, the DuBow Family Foundation and

Pregnancy Knowledge: Most missed questions

Aug 4, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

iStock_000007334186SmallWhat is prenatal care? How long should a health pregnancy last? Participants in the Make a Noise! Make a Difference! lay health advocate program are quizzed on these questions and more. But before completing the curriculum, many don’t know the answer to these questions.

MaN! MaD! was developed by The Magnolia Project and modeled after the successful Community Voice program, and is divided into four sessions: healthy before pregnancy, healthy during pregnancy, healthy two and healthy baby.

These are the most commonly missed questions from the Make a Noise! Make a Difference! classes — and the correct answers to go with them!

Q: What is Infant Mortality?
A: The death of a baby before his or her birthday.

Q: What is preconception health?
A: The health of a woman before she becomes pregnant.

Q: What is folic acid?
A: Derived from folate, it’s a type of B vitamin that is essential for cell growth and reproduction

Q: What is the daily recommended amount of folic acid?
A: 400 micrograms

Q: What is prenatal care?
A: The care received during pregnancy

Q: What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A: It is a defined as (but not limited to) all of the following: pregnant woman with gestational diabetes; pregnant woman that is 35 years or older; one of more risk factors that put mother an unborn child at risk for health problems; a pregnant woman who has gone into premature labor.

Q: Premature labor is labor that occurs when?
A: Before the 37th week of pregnancy or three weeks or more before the baby’s due date

Q: A healthy pregnancy should last at least how many weeks?
A: 39 weeks

Q: What statement is a fact about SIDS?
A: All of the above: African American babies are two times more likely to die of SIDS than white babies; SIDS is the leading cause of death in babies after one month of age; more SIDS deaths happen in colder months.