2011 Man Up for Health Event

Jun 1, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

The Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition is hosting a men’s health event, encouraging individuals to make  the commitment to “man up” for their health.

The event will kick off with a “Blue Tie Sunday,” where men are encouraged to wear blue ties to church to raise awareness about men’s health. Men will also be encouraged to sign up for health summits based on their age at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s  Downtown Advanced Technology Center based. A free Young Males Summit will be on Friday, June 17 from 4-7 pm for ages 13 to 18. The summit will include workshops, door prizes, food, music, games and hair cuts.

On  Saturday, June 18 at 9 am, a free Adult Males Summit for those 18 and older will include health screenings, hair cuts, food, door prizes, workshops, massages and health grilling with Chef Kenny Gilbert, a Top Chef contestant. A simultaneous “Man Up Bike Ride” will kick off at 9am. The motorcycle ride will start at FSCJ Downtown, Advanced Technology Center, 401 West State Street. Registration 8am; kick stands up 9am.

Register for the event here.

The Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition is a group of organizations and individuals concerned about men’s health. They envision “that men in the Greater Jacksonville area have equitable and timely access to affordable, safe and effective health care”.

Responsible Fatherhood program partners with Department of Revenue

May 25, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  6 comments

Training on responsible fatherhood and a mother’s role in the father-child relationship is now available to men and women through a new partnership with the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) Child Support Enforcement Department.

The training is arranged through the DOR’s Bringing Relief, Education and Assets to Children and their Household Project (BREACH). Case managers will be assigned to men and women who have been idenitified by the state for not paying their child support payments or being in arrearage. They will assist them with job training, financial management courses, payment modification, delayed child support enforcement action, a matched savings plan for business/school/home ownership goals for qualified participants and the Coalition’s Responsible Fatherhood and Mom as Gateway programs.

Starting May 24 the 24/7 Responsible Fatherhood training will be available to men who are court ordered or volunteer for the project every Tuesday, 9:00am – 11:00am at the Department of Revenue and Thursdays for the men who work during the day, at the Azalea Project . The Child Support Enforcement case managers will receive training on the implementation of the Mom as Gateway curriculum. While the Mom as Gateway piece is not mandatory; those who choose not to participate will have child support enforcement actions begin immediately.

SML Women’s 5k allowed Coalition to spread the word about services for women and healthy babies

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

The Coalition participated in the Shannon Miller Women’s 5k Run & Children’s Fun Run on Saturday and was able to talk community members about healthy pregnancies and babies!

Amanda, our AmeriCorps member and outreach specialist who attended the event, reported:

“There was a great turn out and many of the event participants and their supporters stopped by the Healthy Start table to ask questions and receive information materials. People asked questions about SIDS, safe sleep practices and wanted to know what services are available in the community. Several people that participated in the event were Healthy Start participants in the past and talked about how helpful the services had been for them during their pregnancy.”

Healthy Start Advocates in Tallahassee for Children’s Week

Apr 7, 2011  •   Written by admin   •  no comments


Healthy Start board members, volunteers and staff traveled to Tallahassee Tuesday to advocate for Florida’s children. The annual initiative brought together parents, children, policy makers, professionals, community leaders and concerned citizens from all over the state to share valuable knowledge and information about children’s issues. Over 80 different organizations set up educational and activity booths throughout the Capitol Courtyard and Rotunda, and hundreds participated in Hanging of the Hands, a display of over 100,000 unique cut-outs of children’s hands.

This year’s trip was a huge success! Healthy Start delegates met with several legislators from Northeast Florida to thank them for their continued support, and community volunteers gained valuable first-hand knowledge of advocacy tactics.

To learn more about the event, visit the Children’s Week homepage.

The importance of children’s health care: bringing attention to the issue

Apr 6, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

At our Springing into Children’s Health Care event on March 26, we were able to complete Florida KidCare applications for 90 families in Northeast Florida, allowing them to take the first step towards accessing health care for their children.

But that was just one step in linking our region’s families to programs. Where can you find out more?