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December 31, 2015

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Orlando Sentinel
By Elira Benavari

TAVARES — Annacelia Gander has always had a passion for healthy living and decided to share her enthusiasm with others by creating the website GetFitLake.com, which provides online information about opportunities to achieve a healthy lifestyle both indoors and out throughout Lake County.

Whether someone would like to know the addresses and offerings at area parks, programs at gyms and fitness centers, dance studios, the Golden Triangle YMCA, locations and hours of farmer’s markets, area sports programs and more, details are […]

December 11, 2015

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By Christopher Curry
The Gainesville Sun

While the third year of Affordable Care Act enrollment continues through the end of January, a key deadline is approaching Tuesday.

The date is important for two reasons. First, it is the last day to to sign up to have health coverage through an ACA insurance plan in place Jan. 1, said Lauren Vagelakos, who oversees the nonprofit WellFlorida Council’s ACA navigator program in North Central Florida.

Anyone signing up after Tuesday must wait until Feb. 1 for […]

December 10, 2015

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Please take 3 to 5 minutes to complete a survey that will help improve the emergency healthcare delivery system in North Central Florida. WellFlorida has developed a survey to help the Council of Regional Emergency Medical Services (CoREMS) Task Force, in conjunction with the North Central Florida Trauma Agency (NCFTA) and the North Central Florida Health Care Coalition (NCFHCC), identify emergency care issues in the region, key emergency care training needs and the region’s level of preparedness for public health emergencies (such as […]

December 10, 2015

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Editorial by the Ocala Star Banner

Where to start? That could easily have been the question when the Marion County Hospital District board voted last month to spend $2.5 million on grants aimed at improving the health of county residents. There certainly were plenty of options.

The money is the first to be spent from the $213 million the district received for leasing Munroe Regional Medical Center to Community Health Systems for the next 40 years. The money must be spent on improving the […]

December 10, 2015

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By Raphael Pires
WUFT News

A lack of exercise and high consumption of junk food are often associated with the American way of life. To some, these habits can be costly health risks.

Though life expectancy has improved and infant mortality has decreased for all Americans, some minorities still have higher risks of preventable diseases, death and disability than non-minorities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Anne Packham, a marketplace project coordinator at the Primary Care Access Network in Orlando, Florida described cases […]

December 8, 2015

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Sumter County Times

Just as an individual has health care needs that are unique to them, so are the health care needs of communities. The needs that Sumter County residents face can be very different from those other counties experience.

To determine the needs of Sumter County, residents and business leaders are being encouraged to take a community health survey the can help steer health care providers.

The Central Florida Health Alliance (CFHA) and WellFlorida Council are conducting surveys to gauge the health of communities […]

December 7, 2015

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WellFlorida News Release

The Central Florida Health Alliance (CFHA) and WellFlorida Council are conducting surveys to gauge the health of our communities in Lake, Sumter and South Marion counties. Citizens and business leaders are invited to share their views on health and healthcare in the region by taking a 10 minute survey. Survey participants will have the opportunity to win a $50 VISA gift card.

 

The surveys are available at www.WellFlorida.org (select “Survey”). To receive a printed version of the surveys, or for […]

December 7, 2015

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The Central Florida Health Alliance and WellFlorida Council are conducting surveys to gauge the health of communities in Lake, Sumter and south Marion counties.

Citizens and business people are invited to share their views on health and healthcare in the region by taking a 10 minute survey. Participants will have the opportunity to win a $50 VISA gift card.

The surveys are available at www.WellFlorida.org (select “Survey”). To receive a printed version, or for additional information, contact Lindsey Redding at

December 2, 2015

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Time is running out! Have you enrolled or re-enrolled for health insurance? Free enrollment assistance will be provided at the Get Covered for the New Year event on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Fe Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED), 530 West University Avenue, Gainesville.

Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators from WellFlorida Council and other local organizations, including two of whom are fluent in Spanish, will be available to enroll and re-enroll consumers in a Marketplace plan […]

November 30, 2015

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The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County in partnership with WellFlorida Council, have released the 2015 Citrus County Health Needs Assessment and Technical Appendix. The purpose of this assessment is to identify common themes in order to uncover key community health needs in Citrus County. The assessment provides a narrative summary of the data presented in the Technical Appendix which includes analysis of social determinants of health, community health status, and health system assessment. Data from this report can be used to explore and […]

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