Faye Johnson, executive director of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, stood proud as she addressed the crowd that awaited the grand opening of the Magnolia Project OASIS, an AGAPE Community Health Center and Coalition initiative.
“This has been ten years in the making” Johnson explained. “I am so happy that Mia Jones, and every other contributing hand was able to come together and pull off such an amazing site for women, men and families.”
The new OASIS clinic, located in Pearl Plaza, will provide primary care services through a partnership with AGAPE, the local Federally Qualified Health Center. Primary care offers the opportunities to improve women’s health prior to pregnancy. By asking women, “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?” primary care clinicians can more fully support women’s preventive reproductive health needs, such as preventing an unintended pregnancy or preparing for a healthy pregnancy.
OASIS comes equipped with a juice bar, a yoga room, a kid zone and digital screens in each examining room and will mainly focus on primary care medical services for women of childbearing age, including disease management and prevention. The addition of the OASIS clinic expands the Magnolia Project throughout Pearl Plaza, allowing more families to benefit from the expanded services.
The primary care lobby will be used to provide nutrition education/counseling, a weight loss program and yoga. These activities will address the obesity, inadequate nutrition and toxic stress that are contributing factors to infant deaths, which is common in the targeted community.
The OASIS clinic is located in Jacksonville’s Health Zone 1, the urban core of the city. The health of a mother prior to pregnancy has the most significant impact on birth outcomes in Jacksonville, and specifically the six-zip code area served by the Magnolia Project.
Health Zone 1 is disproportionately impacted by economic, health and social disparities. Health Zone 1 also has the largest proportion of non-white residents, the lowest median income, highest rates of total and childhood poverty and lowest education attainment of the six city Health Zones. These determinants are reflected in the zone’s indicators of health and well-being. Infants born in this area have the lowest life expectancy.