Staff from the Magnolia Project, an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, attended a training on May 18th on Bridges out of Poverty, a domestic violence prevention program. Rev. James Dixon of Catholic Charities Gainesville facilitated the session.
Prenatal care is a group effort now at the Magnolia Project. Pregnant women can now receive care in a group setting, with the launch of new SHARE (Support Health Assessment Relationships Education) classes that combine medical care, support and education.
The group care model utilizes materials and literature from CenteringPregnancy through a membership agreement.
The Magnolia Project is a federal Healthy Start program that improves the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs. The Project, which is an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, offers clinical and case management services in a storefront location in the Jacksonville urban core.
The groups are facilitated by Donna Price, ARNP, and Odille Thomas, RN, BSN, a case manager with the Project. They began early in 2016.
Women are grouped by gestational age and attend based on how far along they are in — from 12 to 28 weeks classes are monthly, 28 to 36 weeks the classes are every two weeks and 36 to 40 weeks classes are weekly. Approximately 13-15 women are scheduled for each group. The groups cover topics like nutrition, body changes, oral care, stress management, fetal development, the birth experience and more.
Participants of the Azalea Project had the opportunity to take part in a spring activity on May 13th. Jacque Moreno of Northeast Florida AHEC was the guest speaker. Participants also had the opportunity to meet and greet with each other and “shop” for items.
Each Azalea participant receives points throughout the year for their hard work, including enrolling in school, completing life courses at the Azalea office, getting involved in civic activities in their communities, maintaining sobriety and keeping prenatal appointments etc. At the activity, they were able to use the points they accumulated to receive baby items, household supplies and more!
The Azalea Project is a special initiative of the Coalition that works to reduce risk-taking behavior in substance abusing pregnant and parenting women. The Project is funded through Healthy Start (for pregnant women) and the City of Jacksonville (non-pregnant women).
Volunteers for the event included: staff from NE FL Healthy Start Coalition, Shannon Denson & Lisa Read; Board Member Teleauba Revels; and community members Adrienna Jones, Gwen Green and Curtis Jones.
The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition received recognition for being a First Coast Healthiest Company. The Coalition was a recipient of the 2016 “Healthy Start” Award from the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council!
The award recognized our Fit for Fall Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, a worksite wellness program organized by the internal Social Committee that encouraged Coalition employees to make positive changes that could lead to a healthier lifestyle. The five-week challenge was held in Fall 2015.
The Magnolia Project celebrated National Women’s Health Week this year with four days full of activities, culminating with an Open House and Proclamation from the Jacksonville Mayor’s Office on May 12th.
Several participants were on hand to share stories about their experiences at Magnolia — from learning to manage toxic stress to accessing long acting reversible contraception to the support they received in case management.
A representative from Mayor Lenny Curry’s office was also on hand to deliver a proclamation recognizing May 8th-14th as National Women’s Health week.
After the presentations, attendees took a tour of the Project, which provides services for women before, during and after pregnancy. Services include case management, clinical, health education classes and more.