Shands Jax receives Magnet Recognition for nursing

Jun 28, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center has been granted Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an honor granted to only 386 of more than 6,000 U.S. health care organizations.

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANCC to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence and to promote successful nursing practices and strategies. The ANCC is a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association.

More than 1,000 nurses are employed at Shands, including several that work within the hospital’s Healthy Start office. Shands has been a Healthy Start provider for over 10 years.

The hospital underwent a rigorous and lengthy application and review process to receive the Magnet Recognition. It is in effect for four years and can be renewed if an organization reapplies and continues to demonstrate nursing excellence according to quality benchmarks and reporting.

Congratulations to Shands Jacksonville for this high honor.

Magnolia staff participates in Community Health Worker’s Task Force

Jun 8, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Magnolia Project staff, participated in a panel discussion at the Community Health Worker’s Task Force Meeting on June 2 in Tallahassee, Florida. The task force was an opportunity for Community Health Workers from around the state to network and strategize to promote policy and system changes to identify, define and expand employment of Community Health Workers.

Marsha Davis, community development coordinator, and Rhonda Johnson, program director, attended the discussion from Magnolia.

Community Health Workers (CHW) are identified by many names: navigators, promoters, outreach workers, etc. they are valuable members of the health care team. This initiative intends to convene strategic partners and interested stakeholders to work with member CHWs to raise awareness, demonstrate research related to their work, create key messages and inform others about their valuable contributions.

The groups that form in this initiative will look to other states as models and may agree on standard basic curriculum, state certification and enlist champions to shape policy for sustainability and applicability of the work.

The initiative is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and overseen by the DOH Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Governor-appointed Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council (CCRAB). The Task Force has been meeting by conference call

since November 2010 and had its first face to face meeting this month.

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.