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

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



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


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




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.