For the Jacksonville team at the National Healthy Start Association Spring Conference, this year was a family affair: In addition to staff from the Magnolia Project and Fatherhood programs, Magnolia participant Tajaniqua, Magnolia for Men participant Kalo and their baby Ka’mia took part in the annual conference.
Rev. Tom Rodgers, Vice Chair of the Coalition’s Board of Directors, also attended and was elected to the NHSA Board.
The conference kicked off with a Summit on Fatherhood and the Health and Wellness of Boys & Men February 27-28. The main conference focused on the theme: “The Healthy Start Initiative: 25 Years of Advancing Health Equity Through Community Based Collaboration!”
On the final day of the conference, the Jacksonville attendees visited local members of Congress to discuss the importance of increasing Federal Healthy Start funding, provided local and national infant mortality data and the impact of the Federal Healthy Start programs in the lives of babies.