From the model of care to the decor to the staff, the Magnolia Project has been a welcoming place where women can focus on their preconception care. This week, the Project, a special federal Healthy Start initiative, was recognized for it’s achievements by the Florida Department of Health — Duval County as their program of the week.
Here is what they had to say:
Magnolia Well Woman’s Center is located in North Jacksonville at Pearl Plaza near both the Immunization Center & WIC. The décor of Magnolia is very warm and welcoming. The Center is a special Federal Healthy Start collaborative project integrating clinical services, education, care coordination and community participation within targeted neighborhoods. The primary focus of Magnolia is to improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years (ages 15-44) by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, cultural and social service needs. The team is multidisciplinary and includes an ARNP, nurses, health support technicians, educators, outreach staff and administration. They work with their clients to know their health conditions and risk factors (pregnancy intervals, nutrition issues, substance abuse, psychosocial problems, etc.) to determine appropriate interventions and provide comprehensive care. This model applies innovative programming interventions and The Magnolia Project is proud of the response and the involvement of the community. Magnolia combines resources from National and local partnerships to address racial disparities in maternal health and maternity care. Clients receiving case management at Magnolia have been shown to have a decrease in low birth weight, infant mortality and STDs.