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

  •   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

• 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.


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