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2022 Philip Gilbert Award Recipient: Leslie Allen

The Philip Gilbert Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service was presented posthumously to Leslie Allen, who passed away Dec. 24, 2021. The award, given each year, is reserved for a dedicated…

New Coalition officers, members elected at 2022 annual meeting

The Coalition elected new officers and members at its annual meeting January 20th. The new 2022 Board officers are: Pauline Drake, Esq., Chair. Judge Drake is a retired Duval County…

Regional infant mortality remains higher than state, nation

The regional infant mortality rate declined for the second year in a row, but continues to be significantly higher than state and national rates.  The rate decreased from 7.3 to…

March of Dimes report card rates nation, state and counties on maternal, child health measures

Duval County received an “F” grade, while Florida and the United States maintained their “D+” and “C-” grades on the 2021 March of Dimes Report Card, released annually during Prematurity…

Healthy Start and Coalition celebrate 30 years

The Healthy Start program and Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition are celebrating a special milestone: 30 years! In 1991, faced with an alarmingly high infant mortality rate, then-Governor Lawton Chiles…

Safe sleep trainings educate community during awareness month

During National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, the Coalition and community partners trained more than 100 people on safe sleep. The effort was organized by the Community Action…

Infant mortality advocates educate community during awareness month

During National Infant Mortality Awareness Month in September, 25 trained infant mortality advocates spread across the Jacksonville zip codes with the highest infant death rates to provide education and facilitate…

System of care pilot in medical office addresses siloes, social determinants of health

The Coalition launched a new system of care/medical office pilot this spring to address the social determinants of health that impact birth outcomes and break down the barriers between the…

Community Baby Shower 2021

The fifth annual Community Baby Shower was held September 25th for pregnant and new moms at Pearl Plaza, home to host the Magnolia Project and Healthy Start/the Community Programs Office.…

Nurse-Family Partnership Class of 2021 Graduates

The NEFL Nurse-Family Partnership program celebrated 51 families at a drive-thru graduation on October 2 at UF Health Jacksonville. The families — two-year old children and their mothers — are…