The Healthy Start Coalition is collecting new, donated items for program participants this holiday season. Please consider making a monetary contribution or donating needed items to the Coalition to make sure families in Northeast Florida are healthy and every baby has a healthy start.
Contact Sara Rieger at 904.723.5422 x124 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to donate.
- Gift cards to Publix, Winn Dixie, CVS, Walgreens or Walmart
- JTA bus passes
- Gas cards
- Personal hygiene items: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, etc.
- Household products: cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
- Items to reduce stress: candles, small journals and pens, small inspirational/meditation books, stress balls, etc.
- Car seats- new
- Pack N Plays- new
These items will encourage participants to attend classes and groups offered by the Coalition, such as:
- The Magnolia Project’s smoking cessation, stress relief, healthy living, STD prevention, pregnancy prevention, safe sleep and life course classes.
- 4Me Teen Health Project classes for teens about sexuality, healthy relationships, STD prevention and pregnancy prevention.
- Responsible Fatherhood classes, which teach men about the important role fathers play in a family and how to be a dad.
Both Florida and the city of Jacksonville have some of the highest rates of uninsured kids in the nation, even though many may be eligible for low-cost health insurance. A new initiative was launched to increase the capacity of the community to link those kids with the state children’s health insurance program.
Jacksonville was selected by the National League of Cities to help reduce the number of uninsured kids in the city — estimated to be about 16,000. The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Children’s Commission are leading the effort in conjunction with numerous community partners.
Florida KidCare is available for uninsured youth up to age 19 whose families make up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty level, approximately $45,000 for a family of four. Most families pay $15 or $20 a month, while some do not pay at all.
Enrollment is year-round. Coverage is comprehensive and includes dental and vision.
For assistance with applying, families can call 2-1-1 to talk to a Cover Jacksonville operator.
The Magnolia Project is expanding services for men, aligning it with the Coalition and federal Healthy Start goals of strengthening families by increasing responsible fatherhood and male responsibility in the project’s target area
Magnolia, the Coalition’s federal Healthy Start initiative, is a community-based health clinic and case management mdoel that aims improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs. While the Coalition has provided fatherhood classes and trainings throughout the region for several years, Magnolia first implemented 24/7 Dad classes through the Responsible Fatherhood initiative in 2013.
A Magnolia for Men course is now running in conjunction with the Mothers & Babies Course until November 20. The classes are an opportunity for participants to discuss topics like masculinity, understanding yourself, family roles, balancing work and family, getting involved with your children and more. The goal of the course is to actively engage the men in more of a round table discussion about fatherhood, the role of men in families & society, important health topics, etc.
The classes are Thursdays from 10am-12pm at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, 101 W. 1st St., Jacksonville.
Beginning next month, the Project will also launch a case management component for men to strengthen the coordination of health services for male partners of the women enrolled in the Magnolia Project. Through these services, male partners will receive health screenings services and other services like STD, HIV, hypertension, transportation, housing, legal, education, financial and public benefits.
For more information on Magnolia’s male services, contact Alex Tarabochia at email@example.com or 904.353.2130 x 1015.
Several Duval County dads were honored for their commitment to supporting their children and family as part of the June Honor a Father campaign, sponsored by the Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative and Florida Department of Children and Families.
Learn more about all 16 fathers honored here.
Todd Cook, part of the Magnolia Project, was nominated for his eagerness to care for his son and the child’s mother, as well as his advocacy for his son’s health issues.
Brandon Massey, part of Healthy Start through the Florida Department of Health, Duval County Health Department, was nominated for his desire to learn as much as possible about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting to support his son and the child’s mother.
Each father will receive a congratulatory letter from former NFL coach Tony Dungy, an award certificate and All-Pro Dad t-shirt, while nominating agencies will receive a New Parent Support Package from the National Fatherhood Initiative to support their father engagement efforts. Fathers who participated in a home visiting or other early childhood prevention program during the last year were eligible for nomination.
Standing in Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville the day before Father’s Day, more than 50 dads recited a pledge — committing to be the best dad they can be.
The pledge was part of E3 Business Group — North Florida Chapter’s “E3 Celebrates Fathers” event, held in conjunction with the national Fatherhood Buzz initiative.
As part of the celebration, attendees marched from the E3 Center for Entrepreneur Development to Hemming Plaza. Many fathers who came brought their children with them.
Coalition Fatherhood Coordinator Jack Johnson spoke at the event, encouraging fathers to be active in their children’s lives. The event concluded with fathers reciting the pledge.