The Azalea Project provides outreach, education and support services to high-risk women of childbearing age. It focuses on substance-involved families whose lifestyle increases their chances of experiencing a myriad of health and social risks, including unsafe sex (STIs⁄HIV), unwanted childbearing, poor school performance, poverty, infant mortality, abuse and neglect and involvement with the criminal justice system. The Azalea Project is based on an empowerment model that promotes self-sufficiency and personal transformation using a comprehensive, multi-generational approach.
Services are available for pregnant and parenting women with a history of or who are currently abusing alcohol or other drugs, are of childbearing age (15–44 years old), live in 32202, 32204, 32206, 32208 or 32209, have a baby less than two years old or are at-risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Community partners include Gateway Community Services.
Intensive Outreach. A specialized community team offers peer support, advocates for and engages participants.
Case Management. Case managers conduct comprehensive assessments and evaluations of all clients. They link pregnant and parenting women with services such as health care and substance abuse treatment. They also offer risk-reduction counseling and education, on-going support and after-care services.
The Project offers free pregnancy testing, STI⁄HIV testing and education, support groups for women, health education and counseling, information and referrals.
Juarlyn Smith, Azalea Project Healthy Start Coordinator
Gateway Community Services
157 E. 8th Street, Suite 119
Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Office: 904.359.2520 x110