NE Florida Counts Lunch & Learns planned

Jun 6, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

A Lunch & Learn is available to those interested in learning to maximize their use of the new community dashboard site NE Florida Counts. The first one will be in Jacksonville from Tuesday June 14 through Thursday June 16, at the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Lunch & Learns are a 3-day series, from 12-1 each day. The first two days will be used to show attendees how to navigate through the site and get the most of all of the features, while the third day will be used to complete “real world” scenarios.

Space is available for up to 35 people. Participants are encouraged to attend all three days to get the most out of the series. Participants will also need to bring their own laptops.

Future Lunch & Learns are planned for St. Johns County the last week of June and Volusia County in mid-July. Details on those events will be released soon.

To RSVP, contact Amanda Herring at or 904.723.2162 x144.

Groundbreaking of Success Park in the New Town Success Zone

Jun 3, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The New Town Success Zone partners will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new recreation area in the Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood on June 16 at 3 pm.

The community partners will join Councilman Warren Jones at the future site of Success Park, on the northwest corner of Pearce Street and Third Street West. The park is intended to be a safe playing space for the neighborhood’s young children.

The New Town project is a collaboration between the City of Jacksonville, Edward Waters College and area non profits — including the Healthy Start Coalition — that aims to support families and their children’s intellectual, emotional and physical growth from the cradle to college. It is modeled after the successful Harlem Children’s Zone in New York.

The Coalition has participated in the planning process and supports both a PhotoVoice project and the Children’s University in the neighborhood.

EPA to host environmental community conversations in New Town

Jun 1, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Neighborhood businesses in the New Town Success Zone will be available to meet with residents Thursday June 23 at Edward Waters College to address environmental community concerns.

The meeting will be hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Region 4). Residents will be able to express concerns, ask questions and meet local business leaders and city officials who handle environmental complaints by citizens.

The event will be from 6-8 pm at the Edward Water’s College Milne Auditorium, 1658 Kings Rd., Jacksonville, FL. For more information, call Amanda at 904.396.3052.

Spotlight: Ladies of Prestige become Lay Health Advocates

May 26, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Make a Noise! Make a Difference! campaign to prevent infant mortality has most recently reached the Ladies of Prestige at Florida State College of Jacksonville. Located at North Campus, Ladies of Prestige is a women’s group that focuses on professional development, advocacy, education and volunteerism.

The group first learned of Make a Noise! Make a Difference! at a campus Women’s Expo from Olivia Gibson, the current AmeriCorps member helping with the campaign. Both the faculty advisor and members of the group were immediately interested in the sessions on women and infant health, mentioning that they wanted to be able to help young women at the school become healthier and better students, moms, and future moms.

The first session began in the middle of April, and culminated with six ladies successfully completing the fourth session on May 23rd. In addition to the six ladies who completed all four sessions, another six members attended one or more of the sessions during that time as well. The Ladies of Prestige are now ready to spread the message to peers and make changes in their own lives. Members plan to continue the mission of Make a Noise! Make a Difference! by sponsoring and organizing parenting classes and women’s health events in the future.

Elizabeth G. Means Community Health Center dedicated

May 10, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

The Shands Jacksonville Eastside Family Practice Center was rededicated as the Elizabeth G. Means Community Health Center May 10 in honor of the long-time advocate and vice-president for community affairs at the hospital.

The center was among the first primary care sites established under her leadership to serve low-income residents in Jacksonville. Mrs. Means died in January 2011 after a 40-year career in health care.

“Being poor doesn’t mean being of no value,” she said in an interview. “To me, to show these people that they have dignity, respect, self-worth and value is to be able to provide service to them as they need it and where they are.”

Mrs. Means was a past member of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and participated on the original planning team for the Magnolia Project, a federally-funded initiative to address disparities in the city’s infant mortality rate.

The clinic, located at 1155 East 21st Street, provides primary, prenatal and pediatric care to residents on the city’s eastside.