Healthy Start program staff receive training

Jun 7, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Healthy Start program providers, MomCare staff, Magnolia Project staff and Azalea Project staff participated in an annual regional training conducted by the Coalition on June 6th at Shands Jacksonville.

The topics covered during the day-long workshop were the National Crime Stop Program, Ages and Stages Questionnaire training, cultural diversity training and Healthy Start Risk Appropriate Care and Coding training. A total of 88 participants attended the workshop.

The purpose of this course is to prepare Healthy Start case managers to effectively deliver, document, assess and motivate clients in the context of the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines, which are intended to guide the implementation of Healthy Start and the use of Healthy Start funds.

Course objectives are:

  • Establish links between Healthy Start program goals with a case management model for the purpose of reducing infant mortality.
  • To understand the importance of using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to screen Healthy Start postnatal participants.
  • To understand the impact and partnership of community involvement.
  • To provide an overview of Healthy Start Risk Appropriate Care and Coding as it relates to the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines

Magnolia staff attend federal Healthy Start interconception event in D.C.

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Magnolia Project staff attended the Healthy Start Interconception Care Learning Community (ICC-LC) – Cycle III held in Washington, D.C, May 19 & 20. The purpose of the ICC – LC is to improve the health and well-being of women by advancing the quality and effectiveness of the interconception care in Healthy Start. The ICC –LC focuses on improving the health high-risk women served by federal Healthy Start grantees through the implementation of evidence-based practices and innovative community-driven interventions, which are a hallmark of Healthy Start.

The Magnolia Project selected Body Mass Index (BMI) as their ICC-LC change project. The goal of the change project is to identify, adopt and use a consistent, evidence-based approach for informing, educating and counseling Magnolia participants about healthy weight during the interconception care period.

To date more than 600 BMI’s been collected. In addition, the staff collected and documented waist line measurements. A pre/post test was designed to assess participant’s understanding and knowledge of BMI. The BMI pre/post test will be administered to participants at initial clinic visit (BMI calculation) and will be followed up during annual check-up.

Project director Rhonda Johnson, health educator Alma Amoran and case manager Meloni McNealy attended the event.

The Magnolia Project is a federally-funded initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition that aims to improve the health and well-being of women of childbearing age in Jacksonville’s urban core. The U.S. Department of Health Resources & Services Administration has funded the project since 1999.

Latch On America: Milk for Thought taking action to empower breastfeeding moms

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Milk for Thought will be traveling the country in a giant pink bus to promote breastfeeding and showcase what people are doing to support and empower breastfeeding moms.

The organization will be traveling with a three-person film crew and stop in 20 different cities and towns to bring together local support for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Milk for Thought will conduct interviews to learn about the local breastfeeding culture to allow to compare the acceptance of public breastfeeding, the standard of breastfeeding care in hospitals and how workplace practices differ from city to city. The film crew will also highlighting stories of breastfeeding moms and organizations that are taking action

The itinerary of cities and towns will be set on July 1. To vote for your city, RSVP on the Web site.

For more information, there will be two webinars on June 9, at 2 pm and 8 pm. Please secure your spot by registering at one of the links below.

Breastfeeding Coalitions’ Briefings on Milk for Thought Road Trip — Thursday, June 9, 2011

Healthy Start Recognized by March of Dimes for Fundraising Efforts

May 31, 2011  •   Written by admin   •  no comments

Northeast Florida Healthy Start proudly accepted an award from the March of Dimes Thursday night following their annual fundraising event, the First Coast March for Babies. The award recognized Healthy Start for achieving the highest percent increase in funds raised – a 491% increase – by a corporate team since the previous year.

Healthy Start helped the March of Dimes-Northeast Florida exceed its fundraising goal of $635,000! Thank you to all our generous donors, walkers and supporters for helping improve the health of babies in Northeast Florida!

Healthy Start, March of Dimes initiative focuses on last weeks of pregnancy

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

The Florida March of Dimes has awarded the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions (FAHSC) funding to implement a consumer education campaign to increase understanding of the importance of the last weeks of pregnancy and the contribution of this period to healthy infant development and reduced morbidity. The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition will coordinate implementation activities for the three-year effort.

The campaign is aimed at decreasing non-medically indicated deliveries before 39 weeks gestation. The number of elective deliveries between 37 and 39 weeks gestation has increased significantly over the last decade and is associated with increased NICU admissions and infant morbidity, as well as C-section deliveries and late pre-term birth. Despite these risks, many consumers seek elective deliveries late in pregnancy because of misperceptions about what constitutes a term delivery and the perceived safety of delivering after 36 weeks.

The campaign will utilize consumer material and messaging developed by the national March of Dimes, as well as original material developed by FAHSC for Hispanics and fathers. Web-based and social media will be used as primary strategies for reaching 100,000+ women annually. The campaign will be coordinated with the Florida Perinatal Quality Initiative, currently being implemented in seven counties, and a parallel provider education program proposed by the Chiles Center at the University of South Florida. Campaign partners include the Florida Department of Health, major state insurers and experienced social marketing firms, including O. Communications which developed the successful Make a Noise! Make a Difference! awareness and education initiative in Northeast Florida.