Comprehensive Service Entry Assessment: Magnolia Project participants undergo a comprehensive assessment at intake using standardized federal Healthy Start forms. The forms are supplemented by topic-specific assessment tools, including the Edinburgh Depression Screen and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS).
Case Management Life Course Model: The Magnolia Project integrates the life course perspective model in providing individual intensive case management services. The model includes specific focus on the social determinants of health.
Group Risk Reduction and Support: Participants take part in group-level activities for an additional six-nine months, depending on individual needs and progress in addressing their life plans. Group activities may include but are not limited too: Financial Literacy, Freedom (behavioral health), Reproductive Health, Nutrition, Women Enlightening Women.
Clinical: The Magnolia Project offers well-woman and primary care clinical services through two clinics for women who do not have access to healthcare and live in the target area. The Project serves as a medical home for most program participants. Agape Family Health is the clinical partner at both locations. Click here for more information on clinical services.
Health Education: The Magnolia Project provides health education and promotion to all project participants using a standardized curriculum. Individual contraceptive counseling is available one-on-one for project participants, particularly long-acting reversible contraception.
Mental Health: A woman who experiences high levels of psychosocial stress is at risk for poor pregnancy outcomes like premature birth. Women are linked to specific stress reduction classes or mental health group activities offered by the project.
Fatherhood/Male Involvement: The Magnolia Project offers case management, information and referrals for fathers and/or men associated with enrolled project participants. Group education services are also available through the Fatherhood PRIDE program.
Children’s Services: The project incorporated developmental screening into case management activities for program participants who have infants and children up to age three. Case managers use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and Ages and Stages Social-Emotional Questionnaire (ASQ-SE) to identify children at-risk for or experiencing developmental delay.
Community Development and Education:
• Outreach Education: The Magnolia Project employs staff that reflect and are vested in the community. The outreach team members function as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes nurses, social workers and other professionals employed through partner agencies. The outreach team provides education, workshops in identified housing complex within the target area and referral and resources linkage for the community served by the project.
• Make a Difference! Leadership Academy: The Leadership Academy is a key component of the life- course framework. It’s goal is to change the trajectory of a community through the individuals trained and assisted in the development of a Community Action Plan. This plan outlines a specific project to move a community to action.
• Collective Impact/Community Action Network (CAN): The Magnolia Project will achieve collective impact through a Community Action Network (CAN). The CAN works with partners and community residents to implement a common agenda, shared measurement approach and coordinated system of service delivery.
• Community Action Group (CAG): The CAG is a group of volunteers working with at-risk families, and other partner agencies in the region to implement and develop street-level outreach activities based on the annual Fetal and Infant Mortality Review recommendations.
National Women’s Health Week: During Women’s Health Week each May, the project offers free screenings at the clinic, as well as educational forums and health promotion activities. In 2013, Women’s Health Week activities focused on the Show Your Love Preconception Health Campaign, a project of the CDC Select Panel on Preconception Health’s Consumer Work Group, and hosted a community meeting on the ACA. Since then, the project has continued to host a series of events throughout the entire week in observance of Women’s Health Week.