Community, health and business leaders who attended a community health summit on May 10th are taking an active role in developing health improvement initiatives in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. By participating in community work groups, they will address three priority areas — obesity, tobacco use and health management — shown to have negatively impacted the overall health of the two counties.



“Community health initiatives like this one take a prevention-driven approach, developing solutions that promote healthy eating and active, smoke-free living,” said David Sjoberg, president of Partnership for a Healthy Community, the lead organization driving the initiative. “The response to the Community Health Summit last month shows that local businesses are ready to drive concrete changes. Forty-two organizations have signed on to actively participate and we believe more will join the effort over the next few weeks.”



As in other communities, poor health is costly to Escambia and Santa Rosa County residents, families and businesses—driving higher insurance costs, unnecessary emergency room visits and incidences of chronic illness. Any business in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties can join the Partnership. For more details, see www.pfahc.org.



Media Note: For more details, contact Caron Sjoberg at carons@ideaworksusa.com or Mark O’Brien at marko@ideaworksusa.com or call 434-9095.



 



PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES / ORGANIZATIONS — Compiled June 21, 2013.



Alpha Center, Inc.



Baptist Health Care



City of Gulf Breeze



City of Milton



Community Faith Nursing/SH



Council on Aging of West Florida



Covenant Hospice



Catholic Charities of NWF



ECUA



Early Learning Coalition



Escambia County School District



Escambia County Community Clinics, Inc.



Florida Black Chamber of Commerce



Florida Department of Health-Escambia County



Florida Department of Health-Santa Rosa County



Friendship Missionary Baptist



Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce



Gulf Power Co.



Hartnett Marketing Solutions



Health & Hope Clinic



Health First Network



Healthy Start Coalition of Santa Rosa County, Inc.



HSA Consulting Group, Inc.



Ideaworks, Inc.



Interfaith Ministries/Good Samaritan Clinic



Landrum Consulting



Metis Health, LLC



Marcus E. Paul, DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry



Pensacola State College



Pensacola Young Professionals



Pro Health/Pro Clinic



Robert Warren



Rural Health Network NWF



Sacred Heart Health System



Santa Rosa County School District



Santa Rosa Medical Center



United HealthCare



United Way of Escambia County



University of West Florida



Waterfront Rescue Mission



West Florida AHEC



YMCA of NWF



 



ABOUT PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHY COMMUNITY, FLORIDA



The Partnership for a Healthy Community was founded in 1994 by Baptist Health Care Corporation and Sacred Heart Health System to address key health problems in greater Pensacola. The Partnership has sponsored comprehensive health status assessments for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2012. It also has sponsored community forums on key health issues, provided seed money to establish programs targeting those problems, and helped establish a pilot program at Escambia Community Clinics for more than 350 uninsured people with chronic conditions. Through this program, participants significantly reduced the number of times they were hospitalized or they visited emergency departments.