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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

COVID Vaccines & Pregnancy; Smart Kids & Pandemic Stress; Duval Art; Elevate Jax

COVID-19 vaccine being administered.
Ted S. Warren
Associated Press

Misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine is prolific across social media platforms. One myth in particular is receiving extra attention from women concerned about their fertility.

Dr. Kathryn Villano, a maternal and fetal medicine specialist at Baptist Health joined us to share her expertise.

High Performing Kids And Pandemic Stress

A new nine-week social program helps gifted and creative students manage stress and prioritize self care.  Licensed Mental Health Counselor Erica Whitfield is the creator of Balanced Intensity. She spoke with us about the program. 

Public Art On The First Coast

A variety of artists and art groups have been bringing public art to Downtown Jacksonville. Their work focuses on developing the Downtown riverfront. One piece slated for the Northbank has garnered some controversy. Brooklyn based artist Bahar Behbahani gave us her take.

Elevate Jax

An expanding program in Raines and Ribault high schools is helping kids living in poverty who display high potential. Elevate Jax CEO Jon Heymann spoke to us about the organization's plans to continue supporting students.  

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.