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.

Northeast Florida Counts launched

May 9, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Northeast Florida Counts by the numbers: 175+ indicators; 30 sponsors and partners; and 1 central Web site.

The Web site, which launched May 6, features a community dashboard with indicators for Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties. The site is intended to be used as a one-stop shop for marketing professionals, community-based organizations, educators, academic professionals, economic development organizations, transportation planners, policy makers and funding agencies.

Topic centers include health, environment, economy, social environment, transportation, public safety, government and politics and education. In addition to the data, there is a section of over 1,500 promising practices.

The Web site is an iniative of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida. It is part of the Healthy Communities Network, a community indicator platform developed at the University of California-Berkeley.

Two Healthy Start providers receive Governor’s Sterling Awards Sustained Excellence honor

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

Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and the St. Johns County Health Department received the 2011 Governor’s Sterling Award Sustained Excellence honor, as past recipients who have shown continued excellence. Both organizations are Healthy Start providers.

The Sterling Awards were established in 1992  and recognize significant improvement and achievement of performance excellence.

Shands Jacksonville was recognized for its visionary leadership, community engagement and culture of continuous learning, all of which have resulted in many areas of clinical excellence. The St. Johns County Health Department was recognized for for its high rankings in the 2011 County Health Rankings report and achievement of the national Project Public Health Ready Certification in 2010.

Congratulations to both organizations for this high honor.

The Way Free Medical Clinic receives grant from foundation

May 4, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Congratulations to the Way Free Medical Clinic for a $100,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation!

The grant will enable the clinic to expand the medical services it provides to the working poor in Clay County, according to a news release. It will pay for patients’ hospital, surgery and radiology services and allow the clinic to hire part-time case managers.

The Way provides primary, obstetrics and vision care to low-income, uninsured residents of Clay County, including a large migrant and foreign population.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation is a separate, philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.