Ruth Vryhof of Kids Central Inc. has been awarded the Laura Pan Scholarship Award for her hard work and dedication in the field of maternal and child health.
The Laura Pan Scholarship Award is given to one outstanding Healthy Start worker each year who provides direct services to families and who:
Goes above and beyond to create a positive impact on improving the health of mothers and babies.
• Demonstrates passion and dedication to our clients.
• Exemplifies the vision and values of Healthy Start.
The award is […]
By Voleer Thomas for the Gainesville Guardian | USA TODAY NETWORK
Fathers have the opportunity to receive guidance for free to help them on their fatherhood journey. T.E.A.M. Dad was launched to help fathers increase their awareness and knowledge about what it takes to be a good father. T.E.A.M. Dad stands for Teaching, Empowering, Advocating for and Mentoring. The program currently operates in 16 counties: Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union.
Its goal is to help men […]
Citrus County Chronicle
You can be instrumental in solving some big issues that have plagued Citrus County for years. Don’t believe it? Review the just-released Community Health Needs Assessment’s strategic priority issues, then join the Community Health Improvement Partnership committee working on the topic most important to you. This assessment is not just about “health” in the clinical sense.
The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) has been conducted over a number of years, so there’s history. As before, the CHNA was done by WellFlorida Council, the north […]
Main Street Daily News
By Glory Reitz
T.E.A.M. Dad, a branch of HealthyStart, recently extended its coverage to 16 counties in North Central Florida. The free home visiting program currently has three coaches, each working with about eight men.
Coaches work with fathers and father figures to improve their fatherhood knowledge and skills, and to increase their confidence in the role they fill in a child’s life. T.E.A.M. Dad Coordinator Joseph Neal said many fathers want to be involved in their children’s lives but do not know […]
Florida Healthy Start administers the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in 12 Florida counties as a result of a funding increase.
This year, The Florida Legislature approved funding to support the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program in nine additional counties. This increase expands the funding from three to twelve counties. The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions (FAHSC) administers the NFP program through a contract with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) with direct services available at Healthy Start Coalitions in each of the 12 counties where the […]
A new and free program in North Central Florida helps fathers increase their awareness and knowledge about what it takes to be a good father. T.E.A.M. Dad, which stands for Teaching, Empowering, Advocating for and Mentoring men on their fatherhood journey is inviting fathers, grandfathers or role models involved with a child under the age of three or men with a pregnant partner to enroll.
The program provides a dedicated T.E.A.M. Dad support specialist, who is an experienced father and/or who has received extensive training in […]
WellFlorida’s annual publication North Central Florida County Health Profiles provides the health status of the 16 counties we serve as the region’s local health planning council — Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union. The County Health Profiles offer a snapshot of each county’s health data, and how the counties compare to each other, the region and the state. Learn more.
Join WellFlorida Council, Lutheran Services Florida and the First Responder Project for the following upcoming events:
Building a Successful Behavioral Health Access Program for First Responder Readiness Townhall
You are invited to a townhall that summarizes our shared efforts to broaden behavioral health and wellness supports for first responders, and battle stigma and other barriers to care. Learn about new resources and share your expertise as we review LSF’s strategic plan for building a successful behavioral health access program (BHAP) for first responders in Northeast and North Central […]
Be a part of Healthy Start’s Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), a community-driven action to make meaningful changes to improve services, systems and resources for families and reduce stillbirths and infant deaths.
WHY YOU SHOULD BECOME INVOLVED
Infant mortality is a key indicator of the health of a community and its social and economic well‐being
Our community’s fetal & infant mortality rates are persistently high: consistently higher than the State’s
Alarming racial and ethnic disparities: Black babies in our area are more than twice as likely […]
WellFlorida Council is conducting Community Health Surveys for various counties in North Central Florida in 2023. Survey results, along with local health data, will be used to develop Community Health Needs Assessments. These reports identify and prioritize the most pressing health issues in each county, guide planning initiatives and serve as a resource for the public and community leaders.
Visit “Surveys” to take a survey in your county.
See “Reports” for examples of WellFlorida’s Community Health Needs Assessments and other reports.
For more information about the […]