4Me Teen Health Project seeking new sites

Oct 29, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

NassauThe Coalition is seeking new partners to implement the 4Me Teen Health Project, an evidence-based comprehensive sexuality program that provides youth with tools to keep them safe and healthy; goal-setting and negotiation skills; and leadership opportunities.

Youth that have completed the 4Me program maintain abstinence or use a condom or contraception based on evaluation surveys. They also have increased confidence that they can leave a situation that may lead to unsafe sex, call for help if they don’t feel safe, access birth control, develop a life plan outlining personal goals and talk to their parents about safe sex.


Parents that complete the workshop are also more likely to have a conversation with their youth about sex.

Partners will be required to hold a Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 series of the Teen Health Project, which includes four two-hour teen education classes, one parent workshop and Teen Leadership Council meetings every other week for six months. Sites will also:

  • NEFL Teens BrdsnBz shirtsAssist with recruiting participants (10 teens per education series, 5 parents per workshop and 4 teens per Teen Leadership Council)
  • Assist with collection of registration and consent forms from participants
  • Assist with follow-up surveys
  • Provide educational and other non-monetary incentives for participants completing the program

Compensation will be provided to sites for services provided. Contact Erin Addington at eaddington@nefhsc.org or 904-723-5422 x113.

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Since 2011, the Coalition and its community partners have implemented the Teen Health Project for teenagers ages 12-18 to reduce the rates of teen births and sexually transmitted infections. The teen birth rate in the region exceeds that of the state and nation, despite declines over the past 20 years.

The project has been funded through the teen pregnancy prevention-focused Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration for Children and Families since 2012.

Cover Jacksonville initiative seeks to link uninsured youth with affordable health insurance

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coverjaxBoth Florida and the city of Jacksonville have some of the highest rates of uninsured kids in the nation, even though many may be eligible for low-cost health insurance. A new initiative was launched to increase the capacity of the community to link those kids with the state children’s health insurance program.

Jacksonville was selected by the National League of Cities to help reduce the number of uninsured kids in the city — estimated to be about 16,000. The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Children’s Commission are leading the effort in conjunction with numerous community partners.

Florida KidCare is available for uninsured youth up to age 19 whose families make up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty level, approximately $45,000 for a family of four. Most families pay $15 or $20 a month, while some do not pay at all.

Enrollment is year-round. Coverage is comprehensive and includes dental and vision.

For assistance with applying, families can call 2-1-1 to talk to a Cover Jacksonville operator.

Mothers and Babies training available December 16

Oct 28, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

mb courseA training on the Mothers and Babies curriculum is available on December 16 for community agency staff working with pregnant and postpartum women. The program was developed using cognitive-based therapy to prevent and reduce postpartum depression.

The full-day training will be facilitated by Dr. Darius Tandon of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. It is free and lunch is included.

The Mothers and Babies curriculum is an evidence-based group and home visitation intervention for use with at-risk pre- and inter-conceptional women. It provides these women with a course aimed at preventing the onset of major depressive episodes, allowing them to practice ways to free their mind and connect with others.

To register, complete this form and return it to Sabrina Willis at swillis@nefhsc.org or fax to 904.353.2131 by December 1. The training is  presented by the Magnolia Project, an initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, and and Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Magnolia expands services for men

Oct 22, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Magnolia Project is expanding services for men, aligning it with the Coalition and federal Healthy Start goals of strengthening families by increasing responsible fatherhood and male responsibility in the project’s target area

Magnolia, the Coalition’s federal Healthy Start initiative, is a community-based health clinic and case management mdoel that aims improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs. While the Coalition has provided fatherhood classes and trainings throughout the region for several years, Magnolia first implemented 24/7 Dad classes through the Responsible Fatherhood initiative in 2013.

A Magnolia for Men course is now running in conjunction with the Mothers & Babies Course until November 20. The classes are an opportunity for participants to discuss topics like masculinity, understanding yourself, family roles, balancing work and family, getting involved with your children and more. The goal of the course is to actively engage the men in more of a round table discussion about fatherhood, the role of men in families & society, important health topics, etc.

The classes are Thursdays from 10am-12pm at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, 101 W. 1st St., Jacksonville.

Beginning next month, the Project will also launch a case management component for men to strengthen the coordination of health services for male partners of the women enrolled in the Magnolia Project. Through these services, male partners will receive health screenings services and other services like STD, HIV, hypertension, transportation, housing, legal, education, financial and public benefits.

For more information on Magnolia’s male services, contact Alex Tarabochia at atarabochia@nefhsc.org or 904.353.2130 x 1015.

FIMR findings focus on sleep surface, smoking

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

shutterstock_192999722The annual Fetal and Infant Mortality Review identified reducing sleep-related deaths and smoking during pregnancy as key approaches to improving birth outcomes in Northeast Florida. The findings from the 2011-2013 FIMR reviews were released at the October 16 Coalition community meeting along with the 2013-14 Project IMPACT report.

FIMR’s Case Review Team (CRT) reviewed 81 cases between January 2011 and December 2013 utilizing an approach developed by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) that pulls information from birth, death, medical, hospital and autopsy records and maternal interviews. Efforts are also made to interview the family. No information that identifies the family or medical providers is included on the abstraction form.

A mother’s general health, life course stressors and family planning issues continue to be main contributing factors to fetal and infant deaths in the five-county area.

contributing factors 2013A mother’s health prior to and during pregnancy was the most frequently identified contributing factor in the 81 fetal and infant death cases. Pre-pregnancy conditions like diabetes, hypertension and asthma were identified in more than half of the cases (56 percent) while 93 percent of the cases included medical conditions during pregnancy, like STDs and other infections, placental abruption and premature rupture of membranes. Life course issues like poverty, abuse and lack of support, that can impact a pregnancy were found in a third of the cases.

FIMR’s 2013-2014 recommendations are:

  • Continue to focus on preventing sleep-related deaths. The number of sleep-related deaths has increased over the last three years. The number of deaths for years 2011, 2012 and 2013 were 14, 21 and 26 respectively. When compared to all causes of death in infants for years 2011, 2012 and 2013, this represents 13 percent, 16.5 percent and 18.4 percent, respectively. Education should focus on babies sleeping alone on a safe sleep surface.
  • Continue to focus on dangers of smoking during pregnancy. The Community Action Team’s “Don’t Blow Smoke” campaign is gaining momentum. Phase I (target area-Health Zone 1) and Phase 2 (social media and expansion outside the target area to include the 32218 and 32244 zip codes) have been implemented. The percentage of moms in the death cohort that self-reported tobacco use was 12 percent in 2012. It rose to 15 percent in 2013. Self-reported tobacco use in the 2013 birth cohort is 6.9 percent.

The Community Action Team (CAT) works to implement the FIMR recommendations. The Team held an anti-smoking video contest as part of the second phase of their “Don’t Blow Smoke” campaign, which was developed from the FIMR recommendations. Teens submitted their entries and a winner was selected in March 2014. Other activities from the past year include a focus on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) at the Magnolia Project, the Coalition’s federal Healthy Start program.

In addition to the two FIMR recommendations, the Coalition also chose to continue and expand LARC promotion and education due to the high rate of unplanned pregnancies. A subcommittee of Coalition members was formed to work in conjunction with the CAT team.