The Duval County Coordinated Intake and Referral (CI&R) team attended the kick-off meeting for the statewide Action Learning Collaborative March 10-11 at the Aloft Hotel Jacksonville Tapestry Park in Jacksonville.
The team presented their poster — “The Bridges of Duval County,” after Jacksonville’s seven bridges that span the St. Johns River — which introduced the team and described the community, successes and opportunities. Several members of the team attended, including Coalition Associate Executive Director Janette Hunt; CI&R Project Coordinator Beverly Butler; Peer Breastfeeding Counselor Denise Mills; Early Head Start Program Director Christine Stephens; and Coalition Interim Executive Director Faye Johnson.
Meeting participants were thoroughly impressed by the team’s creativity. The attendees were afforded the opportunity to hear from several speakers such as, Tana Ebbole, Vice President of the JPB Foundation, and Carol Scoggins, MCH Section Administrator, Florida Department of Health. Carol Brady, Lisa Pelle and several staff members from CityMatCH led the group through two days of team activities, in addition to a meeting with the evaluation team from the University of South Florida.
The Healthy Start Coalition is leading the initiative to develop the local intake system based on the state Healthy Start prenatal and infant screening process. Coordinated intake and referral is a community-based system for identifying at-risk families and connecting them to services that best meet their preferences and needs. Funding was received from the Florida Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting Central Intake and Referral Action Learning Collaborative Project to fully develop the system.