SERVICES

WellFlorida has over 50 years of experience in providing services to the public, private and nonprofit sectors. From program development and community health improvement plans to public awareness campaigns, our work results in shared solutions, informed publics and focused programs for healthier communities.

  • Program Management
  • Community Health Needs Assessments
  • Community Health Improvement Plans
  • Program Evaluations
  • Grant Research, Writing and Management
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement
  • Data Gathering and Analysis
  • Health Planning
  • Coalition Building
  • Board Development and Training
  • Marketing
  • Curricula Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Customized Data Reports
  • Medical Facilities Utilization Data
  • Hospitalization Data
  • Emergency Room Utilization Data
  • Nursing Home Utilization Data

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

WellFlorida’s Community Initiatives department provides consultancy services on local, regional and state-wide projects. Our team has advanced degrees and extensive experience in public health education, community health assessments, community health improvement planning, strategic planning, grants management, and quantitative and qualitative research techniques, including the design, implementation and analysis of surveys, focus groups and structured interviews. Clients include county and state health departments, school boards, community and faith-based organizations, nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and universities and hospitals. Services are not limited to the list above. Visit WellFlorida’s Reports page for some examples of our work, and complete the Contact Us Form to learn more about partnering with Community Initiatives on your next project.

WellFlorida’s Program Services

WellFlorida is home to 15 cause-driven local, state and federally funded programs and nonprofits. We provide professional services that help them provide for others, promote themselves, meet their goals and be economically sustainable. WellFlorida has demonstrated its fiscal acuity by passing ALL federally required audits since our beginnings in 1963. We are the foundation for the programs we serve, some of which we created and some of which we are contracted to manage. Below are just a few examples of how we work together to help build healthier communities in North Central Florida.

HIV/AIDS

Ryan White
WellFlorida Council has served as the lead agency for the Ryan White
Part B program in Area 3/13 since 1991. The program provides HIV core and support services to people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured in 15 counties in North Central Florida.

Services WellFlorida Provides

  • Fiscal grant administration
  • Service provider contracting and monitoring
  • Needs assessments
  • Comprehensive planning and development of care networks
  • Program evaluation
  • Technical assistance
  • Quality management
  • Data collection
  • Program management
  • Support of the local HIV/AIDS planning body North Central Florida CARE Consortium

Results
Of the over 1,350 clients who currently receive care at one of our Ryan White funded clinics, 87.1% are virally suppressed. This exceeds viral suppression rates for the state of Florida (64%) and the nation (62.7%). We strive to help all clients achieve and maintain viral load suppression because the science is undeniable. People living with HIV who are virally suppressed live longer, healthier lives and cannot transmit the virus to a HIV-negative partner.


HIV High Impact Prevention
WellFlorida’s HIV High Impact Prevention project began in 2013 as a grant awarded by the Florida Department of Health. The program aims to decrease the spread of HIV and link HIV-positive individuals to prevention and care services in North Central Florida.

Services WellFlorida Provides

  • Grant research, writing and management
  • Marketing materials and strategies
  • Outreach and education
  • HIV testing
  • Linkage and adherence counseling

Results
By using combinations of scientifically proven, cost-effective and scalable interventions targeted to the right populations in the right geographic areas—in our case, primarily men who have sex with men, communities of color and persons at risk for HIV in North Central Florida—this CDC approach of high impact prevention helps to reduce new HIV infections. The program has grown from three counties to 15 since it began, and has conducted over 2,000 HIV tests, distributed 400,000 condoms and linked approximately 300 people to care and/or provided adherence counseling.

MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH

Healthy Start and Our Other Home Visiting Programs
WellFlorida Council has been the home to two Healthy Start coalitions since 1992: Healthy Start of North Central Florida (12 counties) and Central Healthy Start (4 counties). In recent years, the coalitions have grown to include MIECHV/Parents As Teachers, NewboRN Home Visiting and Nurse-Family Partnership. The goals of these home visiting programs is to reduce infant mortality and the number of low birth weight babies, and improve participant’s health and developmental outcomes.

Services WellFlorida Provides

  • Quality assurance and management—WellFlorida monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of services provided to clients
  • Strategic planning—to improve pregnancy outcomes and enhance child development
  • Marketing materials and strategies
  • Needs assessments
  • Professional trainings
  • Community outreach and education
  • Allocation of funds received from the Florida Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration

Results
On average, these programs combined provide over 180,000 services to more than 6,200 pregnant women and families annually, and screen 1,538 newborns in the region for health and developmental outcomes. Our home visiting programs provide critical support to hundreds of families across a 16-county area. According to the Child and Family Research Partnership, home visiting programs are successful because they provide the following benefits:

  • Moms and babies are healthier
  • Children are better prepared for school
  • Children are safer
  • Families are more self-sufficient
  • We save money

Source: Child and Family Research Partnership

And More
In addition to our home visiting programs, our program Connect links pregnant women, caregivers and families with young children to needed services, such as education, support in childbirth, newborn care, parenting, child development, food and nutrition, mental health and financial self-sufficiency. On average, Connect provides services to 20,402 pregnant women and families annually in North Central Florida.

PARTIAL CLIENT LIST

  • Agency for Health Care Administration
  • Alachua County Health Department
  • Areas 3/13 HIV Prevention, Planning, Education and Care Partnership
  • Board of County Commissioners Alachua County Bradford County Health Department
  • Brain Injury Association of Florida
  • Central Healthy Start Coalition
  • Citrus County Hospital Board
  • Citrus County Health Department
  • Citrus County School System
  • Columbia County Health Department
  • Dixie County Health Department
  • Family Health Center of Columbia County
  • Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
  • Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions
  • Florida Association of Rural EMS Providers (FAREMS)
  • Florida Department of Health Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program
  • Florida Department of Health Bureau of Community Health Assessment
  • Florida Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Office of Trauma
  • Florida Department of Health Bureau of Preparedness and Response
  • Florida Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Programs
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Florida Office of Disability and Health
  • George A. Dame Community Health Center
  • Gilchrist County Health Department
  • Hamilton County Health Department
  • Hanley Foundation
  • Health Council of East Central Florida
  • Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida
  • Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition
  • Heart of Florida Health Center, Inc.
  • Hernando County Health Care Advisory Board
  • Hernando County Health Department
  • Hospice of Marion County
  • Lafayette County Health Department
  • Lake County Comprehensive Health Care Committee
  • Lake County Health Department
  • Lake Shore Hospital Authority
  • Levy County Health Department
  • LifeStream Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
  • Lutheran Services
  • Marion County Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Committee
  • Marion County Early Learning Coalition
  • Marion County Health Department
  • Marion County Public Policy Institute
  • Marion County Public School System
  • Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
  • Nature Coast Community Health Center, Inc.
  • North Central Florida Ryan White CARE Consortium
  • North Florida Regional Medical Center
  • Northwest Florida and Big Bend Health Councils
  • Palms Medical Group, Inc.
  • Polk County School System
  • Putnam Community Hospital
  • Putnam County Health Department
  • Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida
  • Safe Kids
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Sumter County Health Department
  • Suwannee County Health Department
  • Suwannee River AHEC
  • The Centers, Inc.
  • The Children’s Trust of Alachua County
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Association of Florida
  • UF Health Shands Hospital
  • Union County Health Department
  • University of Florida College of Pharmacy
  • University of Florida Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • University of Florida Health
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