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.

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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May 4th is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

The National Day is organized by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to bring attention to the both the strides made in reducing teen pregnancy rates and the importance of teens thinking carefully about sex, relationships, contraception, the possibility of pregnancy and the lifelong challenges of being a parent has a national day quiz and other activities for teens to participate in.

While the teen birth rate has declined nationwide and here in Florida, we still have a long way to go:

  • Teenagers, ages 15 to 19 years old who gave birth, represented 9.9 percent of all Northeast Florida births in 2009 but accounted for a higher proportion of poor health outcomes.
  • Mothers ages 19 and under were more likely than their older counterparts to experience fetal and infant deaths, receive late or no prenatal care and have pre-term and low birth weight babies.
  • Teen pregnancy has a significant economic impact on society. An analysis from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy estimates that teen childbearing (ages 19 and under) in Florida costs taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $481 million in 2004. Most of the costs stemmed from public health care, child welfare, incarceration and lost tax revenue.
  • Daughters of teen mothers are more likely to become teen parents themselves and sons of teen mothers are more likely to be incarcerated.
  • Nearly one out of five teenagers in Northeast Florida who has a baby will become pregnant again before leaving her teens. Additional births multiply the difficulties experienced by teen mothers.

Task Force featured in news for teen focus group results

May 2, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force has been featured in the local news because of the results of several focus groups conducted around the region with teens that show they want a more holistic approach to sex education.

The focus groups have gained attention because the Baker County School Board will consider an abstinence-based sex education curriculum on Monday, May 2.

Read the Baker County Press story here.

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