In Northeast Florida, 23 National Health Corps (NHC) Florida AmeriCorps Program members are placed each year at non-profits and government sites across the region to help meet critical health needs of children, families, pregnant women and other at risk segments of the population. The members in the Northeast Florida region will focus their services on maternal child health (MCH), smoking cessation and
The mission of the NHC Florida, an initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, is to foster healthy communities by delivering and connecting those who need it most with health and wellness education, benefits and services, while developing tomorrow’s compassionate health leaders. The NCH Florida is one of four NHC sites funded by the Health Federation of Philadelphia.
Maternal Child Health
There are four MCH members that serve at the Florida Department of Health Nassau County, the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and UF Health Jacksonville. The key components of their roles includes community outreach and education, interconceptional services, Healthy Start care coordination, provider/community outreach, tracking results and initial contact with clients. The members who serve with UF Health Jacksonville also assist with administering pregnancy tests, as well as provide health education on topics like childbirth and breastfeeding with Healthy Start clients.
The members whose services are directed towards smoking cessation are hosted at Baptist Health, the Florida Department of Health Baker County and Tobacco Free Florida (TFF). Their services focus on tobacco prevention courses, educational courses on the dangers of tobacco use, youth development and
overall healthy lifestyle choices. TFF plays a major role in the prevention of tobacco use throughout the entire state of Florida. The member wo serves with TFF Duval spends eighty percent of their service hours working with Duval County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT).
There are two members who focus on nutrition in the Northeast Florida region. They are hosted by the YMCA of Duval County and the YMCA of Clay County. The members conduct pre- and post- fitness evaluations of y
outh participating in physical and nutrition classes. The members also research and develop a 13-week plan of healthy eating and physical lessons for use in the YMCA day camp settings. The plan is distributed to all YMCA Summer Camps in the Duval and Clay County regions to be used during winter, summer and spring break.
The Coalition continues to provide public health professionals the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their desired fields of work through the NCH Florida. With recent additional funding for the next three years, tomorrow’s public health leaders are assured to have a place to learn in Northeast Florida.