Magnolia Project OASIS, an AGAPE Community Health Center

Aug 26, 2016  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Faye Johnson, executive director of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, stood proud as she addressed the crowd that awaited the grand opening of the Magnolia Project OASIS, an AGAPE Community Health Center and Coalition initiative.

“This has been ten years in the making” Johnson explained. “I am so happy that my partner in crime, Mia Jones, and every other contributing hand was able to come together and pull off such an amazing site for women, men and families.”

The new OASIS clinic, located in Pearl Plaza, comes equipped with a juice bar, a yoga room, a kid zone and digital screens in each examining room. OASIS will mainly focus on primary care medical services, including disease management and prevention, for women of childbearing age. The addition of the OASIS clinic expands the Magnolia Project throughout Pearl Plaza, allowing more families to benefit from the expanded services.

The primary care lobby will be used to provide nutrition education/counseling, a weight loss program and yoga. These activities will address the obesity,  inadequate nutrition and toxic stress that are contributing factors to infant deaths, which is common in the targeted community.

The OASIS clinic is located in Jacksonville’s Health Zone 1, the urban core of the city. The health of a mother prior to pregnancy has the most significant impact on birth outcomes in Jacksonville, and specifically the six-zip code area served by the Magnolia Project.

Health Zone 1 is disproportionately impacted by economic, health and social disparities. Health Zone 1 also has the largest proportion of non-white residents, the lowest median income, highest rates of total and childhood poverty and lowest education attainment of the six city Health Zones. These determinants are reflected in the zone’s indicators of health and well-being. Infants born in this area have the lowest life expectancy.

Mothers and Babies training available December 16

Oct 28, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  1 comment

mb courseA training on the Mothers and Babies curriculum is available on December 16 for community agency staff working with pregnant and postpartum women. The program was developed using cognitive-based therapy to prevent and reduce postpartum depression.

The full-day training will be facilitated by Dr. Darius Tandon of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. It is free and lunch is included.

The Mothers and Babies curriculum is an evidence-based group and home visitation intervention for use with at-risk pre- and inter-conceptional women. It provides these women with a course aimed at preventing the onset of major depressive episodes, allowing them to practice ways to free their mind and connect with others.

To register, complete this form and return it to Sabrina Willis at or fax to 904.353.2131 by December 1. The training is  presented by the Magnolia Project, an initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, and and Florida State College at Jacksonville.

PRESS RELEASE: Report on status of fetal and infant deaths in Northeast Florida to be released

Oct 14, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments


Significant racial disparities still persist, sleep-related deaths increase

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. Despite overall historic progress, maternal and child health data shows more work needs to be done to ensure every baby has a healthy start. After reaching its lowest level in 20 years, the regional infant mortality rate has increased for the second year in a row, with black babies continuing to die at twice the rate of white babies and an increasing number of infants dying of sleep-related deaths.

Causes and factors contributing to the region’s infant mortality will be examined during the Annual Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Community Meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Early Learning Coalition of Duval County, 8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Jacksonville, FL. The meeting is hosted by the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and will inform local residents and leaders about the persistent issues plaguing our community.

The FIMR project will release the annual 2013-14 Project Impact report. The goal of the project, an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, is to reduce infant mortality by gathering and reviewing detailed information to gain a better understanding of fetal and infant deaths happening in our area. Project Impact, which began in 1995, is funded by the Florida Department of Health.

The Community Action Team, which implements FIMR’s recommendations, will also report on their progress.

Contact: Jennifer Gornto
Office: 904-723-5422 x111

Free health screenings available October 25th

Oct 9, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Free Health Screenings Flyer 2014_Page_1Free screenings will be available October 25th as part of the fourth annual Indo-American Medical Association of Northeast Florida Health Screenings and Wellness Fair. The health fair will be at the Wyndham Downtown Jacksonville Hotel at 1515 Prudential Drive from 10am-2pm.

Screenings will include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Glucose
  • Cholesterol
  • BMI
  • Dental
  • Prostate
  • Podiatry
  • Cardiac evaluation
  • Eye
  • And more!

The free screenings and tests are being provided by the Indo-American Medical Association of Northeast Florida in cooperation from Baptist Health and St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Baby Buggy Walk in the Park

Aug 7, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments


In honor of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, the Healthy Start Coalition is hosting a city-wide Baby Buggy Walk in the Park and health fair at the Magnolia Project on September 13.

The event, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and other partners, will bring together clients and their families, dedicated staff and members of the community to participate in a 2.2 mile walk with babies in buggies in an effort to encourage pregnant and postpartum women and their families to participate in healthy activities.

The kick-off event is the walk which will start at 9 Magnolia Project (5300 N. Pearl St., Jacksonville) and ending at Magnolia Project. A health fair in the Pearl Plaza parking lot will include vision screening, BMI, HIV testing and pregnancy testing. All participants will receive educational materials on healthy lifestyles and reducing infant mortality. Other festival activities will include group exercise activities, games, crafts, storytelling and more.

Join the Baby Buggy Walk in the Park Facebook Event Page for updates, details and pictures!