The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition was one of eight initiatives featured in a brief entitled “Embedding Equity in Early Childhood Initiatives.” As part of the larger Early Childhood Health Equity Landscape Project, the brief highlights how these initiatives have set equitable goals and outcomes, the supports that they and their communities received, the barriers they faced in maintaining a focus on equity,and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and racism on their work.
This brief, released in April 2021, is a joint publication of Child Trends and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Coalition CEO Faye Johnson shared background and information on the agency’s initiatives, how we embed health equity in our projects and the role that addressing the structural and root causes of infant mortality plays in the work we do.
“Make sure you have the community at the table,” she recommended for agencies just starting this work. “Embed their voice in everything.”