Mother of the Month: February 2017

Feb 28, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate Javawnya Williams-Fennell on being selected as the February Mother of the Month.13900138_10105164302283671_4691557614081445923_n

Javawnya was nominated by her husband, Allen. They have two children: Londyn, five years old, and Cameron, two months old.

Javawnya was selected as the Mother of the Month because of her handwork, ability to accomplish her goals and her dedication to be the best mother that she can be.

“I played college ball for four years, and my wife is one of the only people I know who can out work me” Allen said. “She’s the type of person who doesn’t let anything or anyone stand in her way. She is the definition of hard work pays off.”

Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 4.54.03 PMJavawnya recently received her MSN-FNP (Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner) from Chamberlain College of Nursing, while she was working fulltime at UF Health and carry baby Cameron.

Javawnya plans to open her own private practice where she can offer medical services and assistants to parents and children who cannot find affordable care.

“It’s an honor to be her husband. She motivates me each and every day. Watching her tend to our children, take care of the house and handle her business brings joy to my face. She inspires me to be great” Allen said.15873264_10105806540423291_1460809342028900391_n

On behalf of the Coalition and our Mother of the Month sponsors, Nothing Bunt Cakes and RimTyme, we would like congratulate Javawnya 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: February 2017

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The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate William Pippin on being chosen as the February 2017 Father of the Month.Misty and Will 4th of July

William was nominated by his wife of 23 years, Misty. They have four children. Misty nominated William because of his endless efforts to provide for his family in many different ways.

“When all of our kids were young he was the one who took them to school or the babysitter and he always tried to take off for field trips or special events” Misty said. “My husband is the guy that can take a not so fun experience and turn it into a great one.”

In addition to his full time job, William is also a youth pastor at Parkwood Baptist Church; a leader of an All-Pro Dad Breakfast which occurs once a month; and he sets up and host a dive-in at a local apartment complex during the summer.

Noah and WillWilliam is currently attending Jacksonville University, along with his wife and three of his children, where he is working to obtain his second Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree.

“It’s not easy doing all he does to provide and take care of our family but he does it and we all appreciate him so much for it” Misty said.

Family pictureWilliam plans to continue to be the best father that he can be, as well as inspire youth and engage with the community in which he lives.

On behalf of the Coalition and our Father of the Month sponsors, Nothing Bunt Cakes and RimTyme, we would like to congratulate William Pippin 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.

The Coalition & Jersey College partner to offer a community-based experience to students

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IMG_2444Nursing students at the Jersey College School of Nursing – Jacksonville will soon have a better understanding of maternal and child health issues in the community as part of a partnership between the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and Jersey College.

A community-based clinical experience will be incorporated into a required Jersey College course in maternal and newborn nursing in which content related to social determinants of health, the life course perspective, collective impact, health equity, toxic stress, cultural competence and nursing leadership will be provided to senior nursing students. The community-based clinical experience will be held at the Magnolia Project and the Magnolia Project OASIS, an AGAPE Community Health Center and facilitated by experienced maternal child health nurse educators and interdisciplinary staff.

IMG_2464Alex Tarabochia, a summer intern with the Coalition and 2014-15 National Health Corps Florida Americorps member who served at the Magnolia Project, conducted the original research that laid out the foundation for the community-based experience. And with the help of Faye Johnson, executive director of the Coalition; Joy Burgess, associate dean of nursing at Jersey College and a Healthy Start Coalition Board member; and many other health care professionals, the curriculum grew into a 28-hour clinical practicum.

“What’s interesting about this course is that the students can relate directly to what they will be learning,” Joy Burgess said. “Many of our nursing students are impacted by toxic stress and live in communities affected by limited resources and health disparities. I think that the scenario in the community-based clinical experience is going to get their attention and entice them to want to learn and pay attention.”

The community-based clinical experience is broken up into four sections:

  • Session I: Describes the life course perspective and the social determinants of health and applies those concepts to the practice of maternal child health nursing.
  • Session II: Describes the concepts of collective impact and nursing leadership and applies those concepts to a clinical scenario about a high-risk maternity client.
  • Session III: Describes the concept of toxic stress and unsafe client practices that warrant nursing education skills. Students will learn about safe sleep, breast feeding and mandated reporting.
  • Session IV: Allows the students to review the impact that racism, life course theory, social determinants of health and toxic stress have on racial disparities in birth outcomes and infant mortality in Northeast Florida. It will also help students better understand the role of Maternal Child Health nurses in promoting positive birth outcomes in childbearing families.

After looking at the statistics of infant mortality and the factors that play a huge role in it, the administration at Jersey College quickly supported this important community-academic partnership and the new community-based clinical experience.

“It is going to be a great experience for the students here and I cannot wait to see how they respond” Campus Administrator Maryanne Moore said.IMG_2486

“When Joy (Burgess) first talked me to about infant mortality, I said ‘no way!’ There was no way that many babies were dying in Duval County. But after meeting with Faye (Johnson) and many other players, I saw that it was a reality, and how important this experience is going to be for our students.”

The community-based clinical experience is set to be pilot from February through May 2017. Evaluation methods will be explored and implemented to determine the impact of this experience on student education at Jersey College and the role that nursing students can play to promote the health and wellbeing of child bearing families in Northeast Florida.

 

Mother of the Month: January 2017

Jan 22, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate Jessica Oakley on being selected as the January Mother of the Month (MOM).20170118_162647

Jessica and husband, Ryan Sr., have two children; Ryan Jr., 11 years old, and Jasiah, 10 years old.

Jessica was selected as the MOM because of the sacrifices she has made for her family. Jessica works the overnight shift at UF Health, as a unit clerk and certified nursing assistant, to be able to take her children to school and attend their many extracurricular actives.

Jasiah is a cheerleader who led her team all the way to the cheerleading nationals, while Ryan Jr. plays basketball. Both Jasiah and Ryan love to act in school plays and are AB honor-roll students.

“I love that my children are so involved” Jessica said. “I want them to know that they can do anything that they put their minds to, as long as they work hard and believe it.”

Jessica was nominated by her mother, Thelisa Miller. Thelisa said that she could not think of anyone more deserving of this award than her daughter.

On behalf of the Coalition and our Mather of the Month sponsors, Nothing Bunt Cakes and RimTyme, we would like congratulate Jessica 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: January 2017

Jan 19, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate Michael Gant Sr. on being chosen as the January 2017 Father of the Month.

Michael and his wife, April, have six children, 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

20170117_133515“The best part about being a father and a grandfather is the impact I leave on my children and grands” Michael said. “I try my hardest to lead by example and to be the best role model for my children that I can be.”

Michael was selected as the Father of the Month because of his acts of selflessness and his dedication to set a great example for not only his children, but for individuals in the community as well.

Michael has set an example for the community through his church, Impact Outreach Ministries, where he has founded many  community outreach endeavors. The community outreach efforts include Men of War, a mentorship for men; Church without Walls, an opportunity to feed the homeless and bring them to church; and a free lunch and backpack program for kids over summer break.

Michael is also the Faith-Based Volunteer for the School Advisory Council (SAC) at Pine Estate Elementary School.

Michael plans to continue to lead by example and be there to support and encourage anyone who needs it.

On behalf of the Coalition and our Father of the Month sponsors, Nothing Bunt Cakes and RimTyme, we would like congratulate Michael Gant 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.