The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition launches its new Volunteer Program

May 23, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is excited to launch a new Volunteer Program. As we continue to grow, we are eager to give tomorrow’s healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn and work with women, babies and families in Northeast Florida. Our first volunteer cohort includes three interns who are working towards their Masters of Public Health degree, respectively.

Originally from Tennessee, Keri Pirtle holds a Bachelors in IMG_3650Health Science from Wichita State
University and will complete a Masters of Public Health in August 2017 from the University of New
England. Keri is a graduate intern with the Azalea Project, focusing on increasing recruitment and
participation of the group education sessions. She is most excited about working closely with clients to develop positive, sustainable plans for the future. Keri has over a decade of experience working with infants, children, and families, and will certainly put that to good use. Keri is a married, fur mom of one, who loves Tennessee Volunteer Football, Nashville Predators Hockey, and fitness.

IMG_3654Dr. Aruna Manisekaran is a public health intern who will also be working at the Azalea Project. She is currently a Master in Public Health candidate at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville. She graduated with first class honors for her undergraduate studies with a Bachelors in Dental Surgery. She also works for the Graduate School at UNF. During her term as an intern for the Azalea Project, Dr. Aruna hopes to expand her horizon as a public health student, learn about working as a public health professional and how to apply her knowledge gained as an MPH student.  In her free time, she likes to think of ways to help those in need and begin her initiative to collect toiletries, socks, and condoms to be distributed to the homeless of Jacksonville. When Dr. Aruna is not working she enjoys activities such as photography, arts and crafts, singing, reading books, and cooking. She is a well-rounded individual who lives with passion, dedication, and grace.

Samantha Williams is a current Master of Public Health (MPH) student at the University of North Florida. SheIMG_3646 earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She is currently interning with the Fatherhood P.R. I.D.E Initiative, with the goal of promoting the Fatherhood program, increasing recruitment of new fathers to the program, as well as recruit community partnerships through community and internal outreach. As an intern, she will also be facilitating job skills classes and helping with special events such as the 2nd Annual Barbeque Competition on June 17th. After recently giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, she became increasing interested in improving the health outcomes and lives of babies through the Healthy Start Program, specifically through the Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. Initiative. She is excited about working with the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and hopes to make a difference in the lives of the men that she will help, as well as their families.

For more information about the Volunteer Program, contact Jennifer Larramore


Magnolia Project celebrates National Women’s Health Week

May 19, 2017  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

IMG_3745The Magnolia Project hosted a variety of activities May 14-20th to empower women to make their health a priority at every age, as part of the 2017 National Women’s Health Week.

National Women’s Health Week is an observance held each May and led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority, while also serving as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health.

IMG_3774Magnolia’s activities included a participant appreciation day, healthy eating demonstrations, a beauty day and concluded with health screenings and an open house. Magnolia staff, participants, Board members and community partners came together on the May 18th to talk about the services Magnolia offers and the impact it makes on the community at the open house. Thank you to the local legislators and staff who came, including state Rep. Tracie Davis; state Sen. Audrey Gibson; Charlotte Jones from state Rep. Kimberly Daniels’ office; and Tony Hill from Congressman Al Lawson’s office.

Magnolia is a federal Healthy Start project that works to 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. Clinical and case management services are available before, during and after pregnancy for women living in Jacksonville’s Health Zone 1.

Open Position: Family Support Worker

May 17, 2017  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  2 comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is accepting applications for a Family Support Worker with the Healthy Families Jacksonville program.

The Family Support Worker is primarily responsible for initiating and maintaining regular contact with families in their home and providing referrals to other needed support services. The FSW also establishes rapport with the family to strengthen the parent-child relationship through home-visit activities. View the full job description here.

Resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed to

Employment Opportunity: Front Desk Coordinator

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

The Magnolia Project/Oasis Front Desk Clerk is responsible for the reception area (Front Desk) at the site. Includes greeting of all guests, answering phone calls, assisting guests with questions regarding the Magnolia Project/Oasis services, and creating and maintaining a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for consumers.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
1) Must be detailed-oriented and have the ability to multitask.
2) Ability to be efficient and productive in a fast-paced environment.
3) Must have enthusiasm and possess excellent customer service skills.
4) Enjoy working with people and possess a friendly and outgoing personality.
5) Excellent communication, listening and computer skills.
Basic Qualifications
1) Associates degree preferred will substitute High School Diploma and at least two years working/volunteering with the public in disadvantage communities.
2) Experience with engaging, educating and working with community residents is preferred.

Employment Opportunity: Office Specialist/Case Manager

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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

• 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.