NEFHSC provides a variety of services and programs to women and their families while also working to address the root cause issues driving our local infant mortality rate. Our 2023 annual report features the work being accomplished across our five-county service area to help dismantle societal and structural obstacles that impact healthy birth outcomes.
Thanks to the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association and the D.W. Perkins Bar Association, our Hey, Mama Mobile Pantry is ready for a variety of community events in the coming weeks. The two organizations recently held a donation drive benefiting the NEFHSC and we are most grateful. Our community health workers will continue meeting with moms, dads and their families across Duval County to provide health and nutrition education as well baby supplies, self-care products, and other items. Be sure to check out our event listing below to locate our bright pink van. Questions about scheduling or donations? Please contact Connect Program Director Beverly Butler at 904.801.3350.
National Health Corps (NHC) Florida, through its partnership with AmeriCorps, provides service opportunities to help meet health care and health education needs in Baker, Duval, Clay and Nassau counties. We’re looking for nonprofit organizations to serve as host sites (see RFP for eligibility requirements), typically from August to July. If your organization believes in fostering healthy communities while developing tomorrow’s compassionate health leaders, don’t miss your opportunity to apply as a host site. Be sure to check out our annual day of service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. NHC and the City of Jacksonville RSVP members provided backpacks and supplies to students at John E. Ford Elementary School.
Father First is a groundbreaking statewide initiative, driven by both community and state-level support, dedicated to empowering fathers and enhancing their pivotal roles intheir children’s lives. Our agency secured two, three-year grants, part of the $21.2 million initiative spearheaded by Gov. Ron DeSantis and administered through the Florida Department of Children and Families. At NEFHSC, we actively engage with fathers and father figures, providing essential support to strengthen the father-child relationship. Beyond that, our comprehensive approach extends to assisting men in navigating the complexities of the child support system and the legal process. We collaborate on crucial aspects including employment readiness, conflict resolution, and financial self-efficacy. Discover more about our fatherhood initiatives as we continue to expand and elevate our programs for dads.
A new social marketing effort is underway thanks to support from the Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), a funding agent for the city of Jacksonville. Over the past five years (2018-2022), nearly 16 percent of infant deaths in Duval County were caused by sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs), most of which were sleep-related. Research shows that suffocation and strangulation, often associated with bedsharing, are the contributing factors. NEFHSC recently led safe sleep training with nearly 200 people representing Head Start and educational centers across Jacksonville. We’ll be further expanding our safe sleep training offerings while bolstering our community outreach and advertising efforts to help spread awareness about the ABCs (alone, back, crib) of safe sleep.