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

2017 Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service

Apr 13, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

hi2National Health Corps Florida staff and members participated in the 2017 Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service on April 4. Duval County’s AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs hiwere invited to the event that honored their commitment and federally-funded community service they provide for Jacksonville. NHC Florida joined other local programs like City Year, LISC, The Arc and Teach for America. NHC Florida member Eric Bethea was selected to give a short presentation on what his service with NHC Florida meant to him. Afterwards, Mayor Lenny Curry’s Chief of Staff Kerri Stewart and Jacksonville City Council Member Samuel Newby awarded National Health Corps Florida a certificate honoring the wellness education and access to healthcare they provide.

Internship Opportunity: The Azalea Project

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

Please email Jennifer Larramore at jlarramore@nefhsc.org for additional information about this internship position. This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Fall 2017 Internship Position Description

Intern Program Assignment: The Azalea Project; The Azalea Project is a substance use prevention program that serves pregnant, non-pregnant and parenting women. The project ensures women have access to optimal pre-natal health care and avoid unintended pregnancy to improve birth outcomes associated with substance use.

Intern School: any, pending affiliation agreement with school

Intern Major: preferred community health, health education, public health, education, social work, etc.

Pre-internship period: August / September 2017 (exact dates will be determined with selected intern)

Internship period:  October to December 2017 (exact dates will be determined with selected intern)

Hours: Intern hours are based on school requirements and availability. Typically, this project requires approximately 15-20 hours per week with preferred availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Internship Preceptor: Jennifer Larramore, Director of Federal Programs; Intern will meet weekly with preceptor.

Other Staff Support: This position works closely with other staff, in addition to the preceptor, as the preceptor is not located on site.  Intern will collaborate with Azalea Project Supervisor and staff regularly for feedback and guidance. Intern may collaborate with other interns to complete projects and will have opportunities to collaborate with nursing students and resident physicians.

Training Support: Interns are encouraged to attend Coalition, Board, staff and team meetings, as well as community trainings. Additional webinars and training opportunities will be shared with intern throughout the internship period.

Position Description:  Intern will work on the following project assignments during internship:

  1. Group education sessions
    1. Coordinate and create the calendar for monthly group education sessions, community services and group activities in alignment with the life course model domains
    2. Promote monthly calendar activities to recruit Azalea women to participate in group education sessions
    3. Conduct outreach and create partnerships with agencies to facilitate group education sessions to Azalea women
    4. Conduct outreach and create partnerships to offer free services for women, such as free health screenings
    5. Conduct needs assessment with Azalea women to determine priority group session topics
    6. Create single topic group education sessions or multi-session group education series in alignment with the life course model domains
    7. Facilitate group education sessions at Azalea and other community settings, such as apartment complexes
    8. Evaluate all group education sessions implemented
  1. Community Outreach
    1. Conduct outreach and represent Azalea at community health fairs and meetings to recruit new Azalea women
    2. Conduct outreach to find community resources for case managers and Azalea women
  1. Participant Incentive Event
    1. Plan participant incentive event, including space, collecting incentive items, putting together incentives, recruiting volunteers to help set up and clean up, implementing the participant incentive event, taking pictures and providing a blog about the event
  1. Community Resources
    1. Maintain and update the community resource guide for the case managers and Azalea women
    2. Seek donations for participant incentives, such as food for group education sessions or materials, incentives for group education participation and the participant event, and hygiene products
    3. Organizing and documentation of community donations for Azalea participants
  1. Promotional Project Summary
    1. Create a blog that summarizes the intern experience for Coalition communications department that includes pictures and a description of the projects completed in a manner that highlights the program; will also include a Facebook and Instagram post.

All intern applicants must complete and submit a volunteer application packet, their resume and their college transcripts to apply for this internship opportunity. Once approved, an interview will be held to assess fit for the position. Once selected, the intern must pass a fingerprint background screening to finalize internship assignment. Please email Jennifer Larramore at jlarramore@nefhsc.org to express interest in this internship opportunity.

 

Internship Opportunity: The Magnolia Project

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Please email Jennifer Larramore at jlarramore@nefhsc.org for additional information about this internship position. This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

 Fall 2017 Internship Position Description

Intern Program Assignment: The Magnolia Project and Magnolia Oasis; The Magnolia Project is a special federally-funded Healthy Start initiative to improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years (15–44 years old) in Health Zone 1. Its mission is 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. Magnolia Oasis is an expansion of the Magnolia Project, in partnership with Agape Community Health Services FQHC network, which provides primary care health services.

Intern School: any, pending affiliation agreement with school 

Intern Major: preferred community health, health education, public health, nutrition, dietetics, education, social work, etc.

Pre-internship period: August / September 2017 (exact dates will be determined with selected intern)

Internship period:  October to December 2017 (exact dates will be determined with selected intern) 

Hours: Intern hours are based on school requirements and availability. Typically, this project requires approximately 15-20 hours per week during business hours (8am to 5pm) with preferred availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Internship Preceptor: Jennifer Larramore, Director of Federal Programs; Intern will meet weekly with preceptor.

Other Staff Support: This position works closely with other staff, in addition to the preceptor, as the preceptor is not located on site.  Intern will collaborate with the Magnolia Project and Magnolia Oasis Team Lead and other staff regularly for feedback and guidance. Intern may collaborate with other interns or volunteers to complete projects and will have opportunities to collaborate with nursing students and resident physicians.

Training Support: Interns are encouraged to attend Coalition, Board, staff and team meetings, as well as community trainings. Additional webinars and training opportunities will be shared with intern throughout the internship period.

Position Description:  Intern will work on the following project assignments during internship:

  1. Juice Bar Waiting Room Demonstrations
    1. Design innovative juice bar demonstrations, creating and sharing recipes to Magnolia Oasis women to increase their knowledge of nutrition, as well as to promote and recruit women to the nutrition education group sessions.
    2. Perform all shopping needs and food prep requirements for juice bar demonstrations.
    3. Facilitate juice bar demonstrations in waiting room of clinic.
    4. Evaluate effectiveness of Juice Bar demonstrations.
  2. Nutrition Education Group Sessions
    1. Conduct needs assessment with staff and Magnolia women to assess nutritional health topics needed and / or desired.
    2. Develop weekly nutrition education group sessions that address the results of the needs assessment to increase knowledge and to promote healthy behaviors.
    3. Facilitate weekly nutrition education group sessions to Magnolia women.
    4. Evaluate the effectiveness of each nutrition education session by creating pre and post test surveys.
  3. Outreach and Marketing
    1. Create marketing materials, such as flyers and postcards, to recruit women to attend the nutrition education group sessions.
    2. Perform outreach in the community and through nearby businesses in the plaza to recruit women to attend the nutrition education group sessions and juice bar demonstrations.
    3. Perform internal outreach in collaboration with Magnolia providers to call and remind women that have been referred to the nutrition and juice bar program by their provider.
    4. Represent the Magnolia Project and Magnolia Oasis at community events or health fairs to promote the programs and recruit women to obtain services.
  4. Documentation
    1. Record data to support all program activities within internship period, including but not limited to juice bar and nutrition session sign in sheets, pre and post test surveys, outreach reports, etc.
  5. Promotional Project Summary
    1. Create a blog that summarizes the intern experience for Coalition communications department that includes pictures and a description of the projects completed in a manner that highlights the program; will also include a Facebook and Instagram post.

All intern applicants must complete and submit a volunteer application packet, their resume and their college transcripts to apply for this internship opportunity. Once approved, an interview will be held to assess fit for the position. Once selected, the intern must pass a fingerprint background screening to finalize internship assignment. Please email Jennifer Larramore at jlarramore@nefhsc.org to express interest in this internship opportunity.