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Council’s High Impact Prevention (HIP) project will be tabling again this year
at the Ocala Pride event on Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Tuscawilla
Park. HIP will also be tabling at the Gainesville Pride event on Oct. 26 from 1
p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bo Diddley Plaza.

Both events
are free and open to the public. Guests can enjoy live music from local bands
and artists, food trucks, and more. At the Gainesville location, there will be
over one hundred vendors. Both events are kid-friendly and […]

October 14, 2019

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Local businesses are invited to participate in Business Responds to AIDS, a partnership between WellFlorida Council and businesses interested in ending HIV/AIDS. Businesses participating in the program provide prevention messages and materials to customers, employees and neighborhoods, and can also serve as a free HIV testing site.

Business Responds to AIDS is a component of WellFlorida’s High Impact Prevention (HIP) program. The program helps to raise community awareness about HIV/AIDS, motivate residents in high prevalence neighborhoods to get tested, increase the number of persons who […]

August 15, 2019

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The Certificate of Need (CON) program has been eliminated for general hospitals as of July 1. CON, which has been in effect in Florida since the 1970’s, is a regulatory process that requires certain healthcare providers to obtain state approval before offering certain new or expanded services. WellFlorida provides services for the Florida CON program, including facilitating public hearings on proposed CON projects, monitoring approved projects and filing status reports to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The new law keeps CON requirements for […]

August 15, 2019

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WellFlorida CEO Jeff Feller was one of three guests on Spectrum News 1 In Focus with Allison Walker Torres. The topic, rising cost of healthcare, explored issues surrounding Medicare, affordable prescription drugs and the burden of healthcare costs on families and seniors. Jeff was joined by guests Karen van Caulil, Ph.D., President and CEO of Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value (formerly the Florida Health Care Coalition), and Rep. Stephanie Murphy [D – U.S. House District 7]. Watch the three part show by clicking the links below:

WellFlorida News Release

Central Florida Health and WellFlorida Council have recently released reports that assess the health of Lake, Sumter and Marion counties. The reports provide data on the health of the region and identify priority issues for improvement. Two assessments, along with the 2019 Central Florida Health Community Health Assessment Technical Appendix, are available at www.WellFlorida.org, select “Publications.”
 
According to the reports, residents consider quality of life to be good in the region. However, there is a shortage of services, especially for mental health, and […]

June 27, 2019

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The Gainesville Iguana

The High Impact Prevention (HIP) project by WellFlorida Council aims to decrease the spread of HIV and link HIV-infected individuals to prevention and care services in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Lake, Marion and Putnam counties. The program is currently offering free HIV testing, condoms and educational materials at local events and participating businesses. 

Everyone’s Doing It promotes condom use and HIV testing throughout the six counties. Testing is confidential, and teens do not need parental consent to be tested for HIV. Locate HIV testing sites […]

May 8, 2019

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The Florida Department of Health and WellFlorida Council have recently released Community Health Assessments for Columbia and Hamilton counties. The assessments for each county, which are accompanied by the 2019 Columbia and Hamilton County Community Health Assessment Technical Appendix, provide data on the health of the region and identify priority issues for improvement. The reports are available atwww.WellFlorida.org, select “Publications.”

Community Health Assessments are used to assess the population’s health status, incorporate the needs and priorities of the population, highlight areas of unmet need and […]

May 8, 2019

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Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Mini-Grant Funding Awards (FY 2018-2019):

University of Florida Board of Trustees

FDOH in Putnam

Heart of Florida Health Center

Dynamic Therapy and Wellness Services, Inc.

Accent Physician Specialists – Endocrinology Department

Diabetes Self-Management Education
People with diabetes who complete a diabetes self-management education (DSME) class are better able to manage their disease and prevent or delay complications. DSME is NOT a 24-hour nurse hotline or a brochure. Rather, it is a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to disease management that meets national standards.

Funding Opportunity
The purpose of this funding is […]

April 11, 2019

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By Carlos E. Medina

Panel: Behavioral health requires a more holistic approach to get people help earlier and reduce crisis situations.

Much of the focus on opioid addiction over the last couple of years has been on the immediate goal of reducing the number of overdoses and deaths due to heroin.

While that is an important component, it is only part of what entails a comprehensive program to treat addiction and mental health issues, according to a panel of behavioral health leaders whose organizations provide […]

April 5, 2019

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Tampa Bay Times
Hernando County news briefs

Community members, health care providers and business leaders are invited to share their views on health and healthcare in Hernando County by taking a 10-minute survey. WellFlorida Council is conducting surveys on behalf of the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County through May 26.

The survey is available at wellflorida.org (select “Survey”). Residents who take the survey may enter to win a $30 gift card. Survey results, along with research and health-related data, will be used to assess the […]

April 3, 2019

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