New resource briefs on the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act now available

Sep 16, 2013  •   Written by Jade Douso   •  no comments

New resource briefs on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are now available for families and professionals on the  Maternal & Child Health Library at Georgetown University website.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the national health reform law signed into effect by President Obama in March of 2010. The resource briefs for families provide information to questions they may have about the law’s changes to health care and how it will affect them in each state. The resource briefs for professionals highlight policy development, provisions and implementation efforts.

Public input wanted for maternal and child health life course indicators

Jul 10, 2013  •   Written by Jade Douso   •  no comments

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs is now accepting public comments on the final set of life course indicators proposed by participants of the Life Course Metrics Project.

Florida was one of the seven states that participated in the project.  The Florida team consisted of Department of Health staff and representatives from the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions.

The Life Course Metrics Project was launched by AMCHP in 2012 to determine and encourage a standardized set of life course indicators that can be used to measure progress using the life course approach to improve maternal and child health.

More than 400 life course indicators were proposed. The state teams have narrowed the final set to 59 indicators. AMCHP is asking for the public’s input to gather feedback from maternal and child health stakeholders and partners on the final indicator set.

Public comments will be accepted until July 31. To review the final indicator set and find instructions for submitting public comments click here.

Local men complete Fatherhood training

Jun 19, 2013  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Since April 1, 2013, 46 men — 36 fathers and 10 non-fathers — from the Jacksonville community participated in the Coalition’s Responsible Fatherhood Training.

Through a partnership with The Department of Revenue, Child Support Services — BREACH Project, 25 fathers received fatherhood training from the National Fatherhood Initiative’s evidence-based 24/7 Dad curriculum. Twenty-one of these fathers completed the 12-module, 24-hour training and received a Certificate and Letter of Completion from the Coalition and the Department of Revenue while being cheered-on and congratulated by invited family and friends.

Through a partnership with the Magnolia Project, 21 men volunteered and participated in Male Responsibility Training conducted at Magnolia. Ten of these men are not fathers and are going through job training with The Jacksonville Job Corps, while the remaining 11 are participants with Gateway Community Services. All of the men attended the required number and hours of training to receive a Certificate and Letter of Completion. As an added bonus for participating, the men got to select items from the community closet like two- and three-piece suits, dress shirts, T-Shirts, dress shoes, Hygiene items, head phones and other miscellaneous items.

Low-income mothers at high risk for maternal depression

Jun 6, 2013  •   Written by Jade Douso   •  no comments

Maternal depression can affect any woman. But recent studies show low-income mothers of young children are more likely to suffer from maternal depression than those with higher incomes.

One in 11 low-income mothers with young children reportedly experienced episodes of severe depression in the last year.

Research shows children living with depressed parents are predisposed to developing symptoms of depression and other behavioral and psychiatric problems. Depression is treatable, but low-income mothers are less likely to seek treatment. This puts children of low-income mothers experiencing depression at a disadvantage.

Home visiting services and programs such as Head Start, have been shown to decrease depression by helping to identify mental health concerns, providing family support and resources for medical coverage. Nurse home visits have also proven to be beneficial to the well-being of mother and child’s mental health.

The Coalition implemented the  Nurse Family Partnership, an evidence-based home-visiting program executed within the Healthy Start program in Duval County, to provide services to high-risk first time mothers. Nurses from the program visit clients at their home and teach them the necessary parenting skills, tools and knowledge they will need to raise healthy, safe children.