Magnolia staff attend federal Healthy Start interconception event in D.C.

Magnolia Project staff attended the Healthy Start Interconception Care Learning Community (ICC-LC) – Cycle III held in Washington, D.C, May 19 & 20. The purpose of the ICC – LC is to improve the health and well-being of women by advancing the quality and effectiveness of the interconception care in Healthy Start. The ICC –LC focuses on improving the health high-risk women served by federal Healthy Start grantees through the implementation of evidence-based practices and innovative community-driven interventions, which are a hallmark of Healthy Start.

The Magnolia Project selected Body Mass Index (BMI) as their ICC-LC change project. The goal of the change project is to identify, adopt and use a consistent, evidence-based approach for informing, educating and counseling Magnolia participants about healthy weight during the interconception care period.

To date more than 600 BMI’s been collected. In addition, the staff collected and documented waist line measurements. A pre/post test was designed to assess participant’s understanding and knowledge of BMI. The BMI pre/post test will be administered to participants at initial clinic visit (BMI calculation) and will be followed up during annual check-up.

Project director Rhonda Johnson, health educator Alma Amoran and case manager Meloni McNealy attended the event.

The Magnolia Project is a federally-funded initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition that aims to improve the health and well-being of women of childbearing age in Jacksonville’s urban core. The U.S. Department of Health Resources & Services Administration has funded the project since 1999.