Today, an estimated 1.2 million Americans have HIV. In 2016, the South accounted for more HIV diagnoses than all other regions (Northeast, West and Midwest) combined, representing 52 percent of all HIV and AIDS diagnoses in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), WellFlorida recognizes the personal losses due to HIV and our commitment to fight the spread of the disease.
In 2017, HIV was the 8th leading cause of death for people ages 25-44 in […]
Gainesville Sun Editorial
Alachua County voters have plenty to be proud about after Tuesday’s election, despite some state results that didn’t go the way many here had hoped.
Two county measures benefiting children passed Tuesday with strong support from voters. A half-cent sales tax increase to pay for repairs and improvements to public school facilities received 68 percent of the vote, while a measure establishing a Children’s Trust that will use a half-mill property tax increase to fund programs for children received almost 62 percent.
Credit goes […]
The Florida Department of Health in Columbia and Hamilton counties, in partnership with WellFlorida Council, the local health planning council for North Central Florida, are encouraging county residents, healthcare providers and others to share their views on health by taking a 10-minute survey. The surveys are available here. Participants will be entered to win a $25 gift card.
The surveys will be open from Nov. 1 to Dec. 17. The Community Member Survey is for residents and individuals who live or work in Columbia or Hamilton county. The […]
By Dorothy Thomas and Dorothy Benson
In the Nov. 6 election, Alachua County voters have the opportunity to create the Children’s Trust of Alachua County, which will solely focus on the health, well-being and success of our children.
The Children’s Trust has earned the endorsements of 34 local organizations, including The Sun, as well as endorsements from dozens of local leaders. They know that the Children’s Trust can be transformative for our community and that the money generated to fund the Children’s Trust will be […]
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WellFlorida, a health planning council and consultants for health causes, is an affiliate partner of two Healthy Start coalitions, which have a goal to reduce infant mortality, improve birth outcomes and promote healthy child development.
The WellFlorida Council was selected as a winner in the 25th National Health Information Awards. Marketing materials and health information for Heathy Start received a merit award for Total Health Information. Jill Dygert, WellFlorida’s Art Director and Communications Manager, is credited with the design and editing of the materials, […]
Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) is a statewide program funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. WellFlorida Council provides SRTS in North Central Florida and the Big Bend area. SRTS aims to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to walk and bicycle to and from schools. The goal is to increase the number of children walking and biking, increase safety, and reverse the trend towards childhood obesity and inactivity.
Safe Routes to Schools offers:
Free resources and training for teachers, schools and […]
Home Magazine Gainesville
By Dorothy Benson, Dorothy Thomas and Lita Tholen
There were more than 10,000 children born in Alachua County in the last five years. What services have they received? Have they had regular health checks? Are they ready for kindergarten? What about the older children? Are they reading on grade level? Do they have enriching afterschool and summer activities?
The Campaign for Children’s Trust will answer these questions as well as two more: What do ALL children need to succeed? How can we best support […]
Oh Baby! A Gainesville Sun Publication
In 2017, nearly 3,000 babies were born at hospitals in Alachua County. Fifty-two were born in homes and another 20 were born at birthing centers. In order to improve the health and safety for all of the babies yet to be born in Alachua County, a group of local hospitals, home health agencies and childbirth providers have collaborated to make the NewboRN Home Visiting program.
A free service overseen by Healthy Start of North Central Florida, NewboRN Home Visiting is available […]
183,000 children in Florida have young parents ages 18 to 24. These young parents need to be able to complete their education and increase their employment skills to ensure they can support their families and promote their children’s healthy development.
According to Opening Doors for Young Parents, the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Florida is home to 148,000 young adult parents who face hurdles to support their children and fulfill their own potential.
The fifty-state report reveals that, at 9 percent, Florida […]
WellFlorida Council was selected as a winner in the 25th anniversary National Health Information AwardsSM. This program recognizes the nation’s best consumer health information programs and materials. Marketing materials and health information for Heathy Start received a Merit Award for Total Health Information. Jill Dygert, WellFlorida’s Art Director and Communications Manager, is credited with the design and editing of the materials which include a brochure, pregnancy/baby planner, health bulletin and website.
“We were delighted to participate in […]