Thank you to everyone participated in and supported our Springing into Children’s Health Care event on Saturday, March 26. The event was a complete success and tons of fun!
Ronald McDonald entertained families, while community organizations provided health and vision screenings, children’s health insurance enrollment and many other services.
We had more than a dozen vendors and estimate that around 500 people attended. But most importantly, we completed Florida KidCare applications for 90 families — which means we helped nearly 200 children take the first step towards accessing vital health insurance. Families came from all over Jacksonville and from as far as Clay and Baker counties specifically to sign their children up!
For more information on Florida KidCare, call regional outreach coordinator Jack Johnson at 904-723-5422 x123 or complete the online application.
Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives. ReachUp, Inc is hosting a conference on fatherhood in May to look at the impact dads can and will have on present and future generation.
The Affirming Fatherhood Conference: “We’re in it to win it,” The Right Look at Fatherhood will be held on May 12th and 13th in Tampa. The conference is designed to provide a different view of fatherhood and the value that positive fathers offer.
ReachUp’s purpose is to advocate for and mobilize resources to help communities achieve equality in healthcare and positive health for families.
For more information, contact Kenneth Scarborough at 813-712-6320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a smoker in your household? Take action and give your baby a healthy start!
Moms who smoke or who have family members who smoke can sign up for Quit Smoking Now, an evidence-based smoking cessation program offered by Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC). It is a six-week program that provides you with the support, guidance and resources to help you quit.
Pregnant mothers who smoke are at risk for delivering low birth weight babies. Infants who are exposed are at risk for a sleep-related death. Smoke that can harm the baby doesn’t always come from the mother either — second- and third-hand smoke from family members can have an adverse affect too.
Quit Smoking Now is always free to participants and you don’t have to be 100 percent ready to quit — the program welcomes anyone who is interested in quitting. It’s a program developed by an ex-smoker for people who want to be ex-smokers.
The program is led by a trained facilitator, who will guide you through the many issues related to quitting smoking, including managing stress, how to prevent relapse and identifying smoking/tobacco triggers.
For more information, visit http://www.quitsmokingnowfirstcoast.com.
The children’s health care system in Florida ranks near the bottom of the country — particularly in health insurance rates.
Statewide, 17.8 percent of children 18 and under in Florida were uninsured during 2008-2009. Northeast Florida is no different than the rest of the state. Almost 20 percent of children in the region age 18 and under are uninsured, a total of 71,500 kids. But more than half of those children are potentially eligible for free or low-cost health coverage through either Medicaid or Florida KidCare.
A family of four can make up to $44,100 a year and still qualify for subsidized health insurance for their children. Premiums for Florida KidCare cost $15 or $20 a month for comprehensive coverage for all children; families that qualify for Medicaid pay nothing.
What are we doing locally?
Locally, outreach has been funded through the end of 2011. The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation awarded the Coalition $22,000 in funding for a grant that runs from November 15, 2010 to June 30, 2011. The grant includes funding for stipends for two additional outreach workers, who are serving as liaisons to the local chambers of commerce and staff community enrollment sites where families can apply for the program.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville awarded the Coalition $20,000 for a grant that runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. This grant includes funding for an additional 1.5 outreach workers. Under this grant, emergency departments, urgent care centers, pediatrician offices and school health offices will be trained on how to enroll uninsured children into Florida KidCare. An outreach worker will also available on the Ronald McDonald Care Van, which provides health care to students in Duval County. The Jacksonville Children’s Commission provided a $35,000 local match.