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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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By Haley Fretes, Public Relations Intern at WellFlorida Council

Community Health Needs Assessments (or CHNAs)
are essential tools for those tasked with developing a health improvement plan
for the community. A well-crafted CHNA provides a community with a snapshot of
“where they are,” which is a crucial first step in determining the vision of
“where they need to be” in terms of the health of its residents and operation
and performance of its health systems.

“You need to
know where the mountain is and how high it is before you can […]

April 3, 2019

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Citrus County Chronicle

Just The Facts:
• To learn more about or join Citrus County’s Community Health Improvement Partnership, contact the Citrus County Health Department administrative office in Lecanto at 352-513-6004.

THE ISSUE: Citrus County scores slump in health surveys.
OUR OPINION: We all have a part in improving the county’s health.

A year ago we wrote about this, and it’s distressing to see it happening again: Citrus County’s score on a nationally respected health survey continues to […]

March 29, 2019

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WellFlorida News Release

Local health leaders are offering an educational forum on substance abuse and behavioral health systems in the region on April 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at the College of Central Florida Klein Conference Center in Ocala. Organizations and stakeholders impacted by the rise in substance abuse and behavioral health costs are encouraged to attend this free event.
 
Understanding the Community Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Provider System in North Central Florida will examine current and emerging substance abuse and behavioral […]

March 25, 2019

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Community
members, healthcare providers and business leaders are invited to share their
views on health and healthcare in the county by taking a 10-minute survey. WellFlorida
Council is conducting the surveys on behalf of the Florida Department of Health
in Hernando County from March
18 to May 26, 2019.

The surveys are available at www.WellFlorida.org (select “Survey”). Community member survey participants may enter to win a $30 gift card upon completing the survey. To receive a printed version of the surveys, or for additional information, call or email Chris […]

March 18, 2019

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