Life course model, social determinants the focus of Magnolia Project training

Jul 11, 2014  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

20140709_141148Magnolia Project and other maternal and child health staff and Coalition Board members participated in a training and overview of the life course model and social determinants of health on July 9. The training emphasized that birth outcomes reflect the life course of the mother — the cumulative effects of health and life events — and not just pregnancy.

The Coalition began incorporating the life course approach into services in 2009, with the release and implementation of the 2009-2014 Service Delivery Plan. A strong life course delivery model was then integrated into the Magnolia Project, a federal Healthy Start project and initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition.

During a morning session, Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson, president of national research firm MAJAICA and a visiting scholar at Spelman College, trained the Magnolia Project staff on a new depression screening tool during

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The afternoon session was open and covered the the life course theory and how the delivery model was implemented at Magnolia. See the full presentation here. The model includes:

  1. Individual services (case management — mitigating, reducing risks)
  2. Group services (interdependence, self-reliance)
  3. Community capacity-building
  4. Advocacy

As part of case management at Magnolia, participants complete an individual life plan, which focuses on three areas: access to preventive health care; family and community support; reduction of poverty and social inequities.

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The change in approach elicited a positive response from participants and staff. It also resulted in collaborations in economic self-sufficiency and community development and led to the development of the Make a Difference! Leadership Academy.

After the presentation, the training participants played the Life Course Game, which was developed by CityMatCH as an interactive method of seeing the effects of the life course.

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The last piece of the training was a panel discussion. The panelists were:

  • Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson
  • Karen Landry, War on Poverty, Executive Director
  • Dr. Irvin “PeDro” Cohen, New Town Success Zone, Director
  • Donna Price, Florida Department of Health — Duval County, Magnolia Project Clinic ARNP
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