Employment Opportunity: Office Specialist/Case Manager

May 15, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

The Magnolia Project Office Specialist/Case Manager is responsible for day to day task at the site and function as an integral part of the preconception and interconceptional case management team integrating prevention and intervention activities to support childbearing women ages 15-44 with a goal of improving future birth outcomes.

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to resume@nefhsc.org

• Order and maintain adequate office supplies
• Answer telephone, opening and distributing mail, etc.
• Assist with special projects as needed
• Take minute of management/staff meetings
• File, maintain records, copy, fax and perform other such clerical duties
• Back up DOH staff will needed
• Coordinate preconceptional and interconceptional services for non-pregnant high risk women
• Assesses preconceptional risk and develop specific risk reduction goals/activities and link participant to preventative services
• Ensures that a comprehensive service

• Performs all other duties as assigned by the Project Director

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree in the field of maternal child health or social science preferred. Will substitute 5 years professional experience in direct service, mental health, maternal and child health or related field. Experience working with diverse communities, organizations and agencies preferred. Strong communication and writing skills are required. Proficiency in computer applications is required.


Healthy Start Coalition celebrates 25th anniversary

  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

For the past 25 years, the Coalition has led a cooperative community effort to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of children, childbearing women and their families in Northeast Florida.

In these 25 IMG_3657years, the Coalition has provided services to more than 200,000 families living in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties, and we continue to grow.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Healthy Start and the healthy start coalitions, the Coalition hosted community partners and friends at an open house event to display our renovated office space and to launch our Mother’s and Father’s Day Campaign. It takes a village to raise a child and this Mother’s and Father’s Day you can support giving every baby, every day a healthy start at life by donating to the Coalition.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support the work that the Coalition does. We look forward to another 25 years of service!

Check out images from our 25th anniversary below!

Baby on board: Car seat safety and other useful tips

May 5, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Car safety for can mean life or death for babies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. In 2015, 663 children ages 12 and under died due to motor vehicle crashes and more than 121,350 were injured in 2014. Of the children who died in crashes in 2015, 35 percent were not buckled up.

Between 2012-2014 there were 47 non-fatal motor vehicle-related injuries sustained by children one to five years old in Duval County alone, which was the fourth highest in the state of Florida.

Motor vehicle deaths and injuries among children tend to increase during the summer months because more drivers are on the road. But these deaths and injuries can be prevented by buckling children up in their respective car seat, booster chair or seat belts and using them correctly. Car seat usage reduces the risk of death to infants by 71 percent, according to the CDC.  Booster seats, when used correctly, can reduce the risk of injury by 45 percent children aged four to eight years old.bob

Car seats should also be registered in case of a recall on the car seat. Car seats can be registered by visiting Parents Central.

For best protection, the following guidelines should be followed.

  • Birth up to age two, or until the weight and height limits are reached: Children should be buckled in a rear-facing seat
  • Age two up to age five, or until the weight and height limits are reached: Children should be buckled in a forward-facing car seat
  • Age five until seat belt properly fits: Children should be buckled into a booster seat
  • Once the seat belt fits properly: Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt lays across the chest.

To ensure that children are safe in their car seats, it is recommended that parents/caregivers schedule an appointment for a free car-seat inspection.

For more information:

AAP Recommendations

Florida Car Seat Law

Mother of the Month: April 2017

May 2, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate Nequel Allen on being selected as the April Mother of the Month.

Nequel is an expecting mother who was nominated by her MomCare advisor, Jane Gavan.

“When I first talked to her, I just knew that I had to nominate her for the Mother of the Month” Jane said. “We began talking and I found out that she was staying with her grandparents because her apartment was condemned due to a faulty roof. She lost everything! I just wanted to bring some sunlight into her life. She is very motivated and is trying to do everything that she can to give her child a healthy start at life.”

Nequal found out about her pregnancy after being hospitalized due to dehydration and having low nutrient levels. Thanks to the help of Jane and Rejoice, her outreach coordinator, Nequal is on track to have a healthy pregnancy. After she gives birth, Nequal plans to obtain her GED while working.

On behalf of the Coalition and our Mother of the Month sponsor, Nothing Bunt Cakes, we would like congratulate Nequal on being chosen as the Mother of the Month.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Mother/Father of the Month, click here

Father of the Month: April 2017

Apr 27, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

FOM2The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate Charles Toliver Sr. on being chosen as the April 2017 Father of the Month.

Charles was nominated by his daughter-in-law, Pam, who admires his hard work and dedication.

“I nominated my father-in-law because he is an absolute jewel” Pam said. “He loves his grandkids and is always willing to babysit and help out wherever he can. He loves gathering them all around to tell them stories of his younger days. I couldn’t think of anyone else more deserving of this honor than my father-in-law.”

Charles is a retired business owner who once owned a cabinet company for over 30 years named Made Rite Cabinets in the Jacksonville area. Now that he is retired, he spends most of his time fishing, doing woodwork, working on his car, sharing his wisdom and helping out his family when and where he can.

On behalf of the Coalition and our Father of the Month sponsor, Nothing Bunt Cakes, we would like to congratulate Charles Toliver Sr. on being chosen as the Father of the Month.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Mother/Father of the Month, click here