Magnolia Project hosts federal Healthy Start regional meeting

IMG_0308The Magnolia Project hosted the Georgia and Florida federal Healthy Start grantees at a two-day regional meeting July 24th-25th, which provided an opportunity for the regional grantees to come together for strategizing, skill building and information sharing that will enhance their programs.

The meeting was organized by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services (DHSPS). Topics covered include Healthy Start priorities; coordinated intake and referral in Florida; sustainability planning; strengthening evaluations; quality improvement; prescription drug use during pregnancy and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; and other relevant topics.

IMG_0284Grantees left the meeting with updates and reviews of the Healthy Start standardized screening tools, national evaluation information and other important division updates like ongoing activities and new initiatives.

Magnolia, an initiative of the Coalition and federal Healthy Start initiative since 1999, works to improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs.