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The Florida Blue Foundation recently announced that it will be giving a three-year, $2-million grant to Jacksonville-based LSF Health Systems to fund a pilot project aimed at fighting the state’s epidemic of opioid overdoses.

Faith Matters 3/15/2018: Faith In The Workplace

Mar 15, 2018

Thursday on Faith Matters hosts Kyle Reese, Senior Pastor at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and Executive Director of OneJax Nancy Broner took a look at religion in the workplace.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall, contributor Fred Matthews, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan (01:21).  

Florida Blue and Guidewell CEO Pat Geraghty talked about grief counseling they are making available to anyone in the wake of the Parkland shooting and his recent trip to the World Economic Forum and Davos (46:00).   


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Friday on First Coast Connect we were joined on our weekly Media Roundtable by Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs, Jacksonville News and Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT business analyst John Burr (01:05).  

 

Changing Homelessness CEO Dawn Gilman told us about the results of this year’s first-ever Veterans Surge (31:31).       


WJCT Morning Edition host Michelle Corum brought us a report on this weekend’s game of Petanque on Amelia Island (37:48).

Local student Chase Magnano of Ponte Vedra High School and winner of $50,000 on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” told us about JaxTHRIVE, the local non-profit he’s starting with his winnings. (41:13).   

     

We spoke with Midge Smith with San Jose Baptist Church about Friday night’s performance by the African Children’s Choir (46:00).


Monday on First Coast Connect, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order to end subsidies for health insurance companies we spoke with Florida Blue and GuideWell CEO Pat Geraghty (01:06).

We heard about  a survey by the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida of the LGBT community and the upcoming sold-out Coming Out Day Breakfast at the Downtown Hyatt. We were joined by LGBT

Community Fund President Michael Meyers and Executive Director of JASMYN, the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Cindy Watson (26:03).   

First Coast YMCA director of corporate and community engagement Dana Troeger told us about this weekend’s Fitness Fusion at Daily’s Place Flex Field (38:23).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars loss to the Los Angeles Rams, this past weekend’s college games and the first game of the Jacksonville Icemen (44:00). 


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with former Congressman Jason Altmire about his new book “Dead Center” (01:15).

Dr. Takaya Jones with Baptist Health talked about this weekend’s Pink Ribbon Symposium (29:41). 

This week’s segment of “Moveable Feast” featured Lauren Titus of “Edible Northeast Florida” magazine (36:16).  

Players By The Sea Production Manager Jereme Raickett and Creative Marketing Manager Bradley Akers told us about this Saturday’s end-of-season fundraising event, “The Curtain Call” (47:24). 

    

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The Florida Blue health insurance company is hiring 200 people for its Jacksonville customer-service department.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the Affordable Care Act with Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty (01:13). Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Odette Struys (28:17) discusses big changes coming to area highways. This month’s “First Coast Success” segment  features the owners of the Maple Street Biscuit Company, Scott Moore and Gus Evans (37:53). And Museum of Science and History curator Paul Bourcier (44:25) told us about a new dinosaur exhibit. 


  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard from local labor attorney Tad Delegal about Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension reform plan. The First Coast Connect Book Club with blogger Stacey Goldring focused on the classic novel “The Stranger.” University of North Florida Communications Department Chair and director of the master’s program Brian Thornton talked about the school’s new master’s degree program in communication management and Florida Blue Foundation vice-president Susan Towler talked about being this month’s “Woman with Heart” raising awareness of Volunteers in Medicine. 


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” as part of WJCT’s on going Community Thread looking into the area’s Opioid epidemic, we spoke with Dr. Scott Miles, medical director of Coastal Community Behavioral Health in St. Mary’s. Georgia. We also heard an interview with Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty about his trip to the World Economic Forum, also known as Davos. Naomi Sheridan and Jeff Tawney with Friday Musicale had a preview of next Saturday’s fundraiser featuring The Chris Thomas Band, and ahead of their concert tonight at the Mudville Music Room we heard an in-studio performance from organist John Ginty and his band. 


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed what changes may be in store for the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration. We were joined by Pat Geraghty, CEO of Guidewell and Florida Blue, and Dr. Alan Harmon, past president of the Florida Medical Association and Duval County Medical Association and member of the American Medical Association's Council on Medical Service.

I’m a Star Foundation Executive Director and Former Duval County School Board Chair Betty Burney joined the show with local students Jasmine and Jaquez Butler to talk about the upcoming Let’s Move Jacksonville event. Bright Holidays CEO Mike Shreve spoke about the mission to buy necessities for the less fortunate during the holiday season.

And director Rodney Holmes and star Regina Torres talked about the upcoming Players by the Sea production of “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.”  


    

Village on Wiley homes
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The Jacksonville nonprofit Ability Housing says public housing for the homeless is a good way to use public resources.

Ability Housing provides homes for people who don't have them. Executive Director Shannon Nazworth says when people are living on the streets they’re costing the state more than when they’re housed, mainly in emergency room visits and prison stays.

 


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Duval County Public Schools wants your gently used instruments. The district is partnering with the Jacksonville Symphony, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jacksonville Public Library and Florida Blue to ensure students in need are able to participate in school music programs.

School Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez says she herself benefited from playing the alto saxophone in school.

Friday, Oct. 2, is the deadline for veterans to sign up to share their stories of combat in Jacksonville.

Florida Blue is inviting veterans to record interviews next week that will be saved in the Library of Congress for future generations.


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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown met for the first time with his new Community Wealth Building Task Force yesterday.

The 15-member team is looking for ways to boost development in Northwest Jacksonville.

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