In honor of National Public Health Week, please join us in celebrating all of our wonderful partners who work every day to improve our communities! The theme of NPHW this year is to become the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — by year 2030.
Jerusalem Bereket is the Health and Nutrition Specialist with Episcopal Children’s Services and a member of the Coalition. She shares in this guest post the role her organization plays in building a healthy community in Northeast Florida!
The mission of Episcopal Children’s Services is to create opportunity so that the children we serve can achieve their full potential. This philosophy includes a comprehensive approach to learning, which encompasses, but is not limited to, physical, social and emotional health; language and communication; cognitive development; and motor development.
Services specific to my role include, but are not limited to, regular on-going health; nutrition; development & dental screenings; and follow-up and treatment. I make up a part of our team as the Health and Nutrition Specialist which includes a myriad of responsibilities ranging from biometric screenings to community engagement. All these services and screenings allow us to assess each child’s overall health and help us support the child for an optimal learning experience. As the Health and Nutrition Specialist, I provide education and support in every aspect of health and nutrition to our children and families.
Being new to the maternal and child health field, it is amazing to learn, participate and collaborate with organizations serving the children in our community. Initially, I was unaware of the extent of services offered to our children. Participating in community organizations while working for Episcopal Children’s Services has really taught me the importance of assisting families to help ensure their children reach their full potential: in health and education. As a result, I would have to say community engagement is my favorite aspect of my position. With this responsibility, I am able to tap into several resources that have been very beneficial to the families we serve. I am excited to be a part of ECS and the Healthy Start Coalition and look forward to continuing my work with both organizations.