WellFlorida Council: Working Together for Healthy Communities

March 31, 2015




The Fine Print UF

WellFlorida Council is a nonprofit focused on building healthy communities. We are North Central Florida’s local health council and statewide consultants for health causes.

Established in 1969 and based in Gainesville, we are one of the Florida’s 11 local health councils, a network of nonprofit agencies that conduct regional health planning and implementation activities. Our district includes 16 counties in North Central Florida.

As consultants for health causes, we have kept local and state health policy decision makers informed, worked with hundreds of community coalitions and provided services to organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sector for more than 40 years.

We oversee local, state and federally funded programs, special projects and nonprofits throughout the region that support our mission and the causes we believe in—maternal and infant health, HIV/AIDS care, and improving access to healthcare in rural communities and to the uninsured.

Students and the general public are encouraged to access the following free resources we provide through our various programs and projects:

Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators. Navigators help weigh insurance options and enroll in a plan that fits your needs and budget. Visit www.NCFNavigators.org for upcoming enrollment events.

Free HIV testing, condoms and education. Visit www.EveryoneStopAidsNow.org for a listing of testing events and information.

An online personal health record (PHR). Patients can sign up for this free PHR, which also serves as a longitudinal medical record with robust HIE tools for healthcare providers. Learn more at www.My-HealthStory.org.

Resources for cancer patients and families. The online Cancer Resource Guide for North Central Florida lists local, regional and national resources available to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and family members. Visit www.CancerResourceGuideNCF.org.

Health related data for North Central Florida. Data is available by county on our website and is intended to be used for research, program development activities and grant writing. Visit www.WellFlorida.org and select Get Data Now.

WellFlorida’s mission is to forge partnerships in planning, research and services that build healthier communities. Partnerships have included the development of Federally Qualified Health Centers, a regional health information exchange, chronic disease management programs and safety net healthcare services.

We work in partnership with government agencies, community-based organizations, and healthcare and educational facilities—including the University of Florida. WellFlorida has a history of working with UF on health-related projects, and our CEO and COO both lecture at the university. Many students have earned internships with us in the fields of public health, marketing, journalism and public relations.

Learn more about WellFlorida by visiting our website, reading our blog and liking us on Facebook.

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