Healthy Aging Initiative
The Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative was launched in 2008 with a vision to enable older adults to participate in low-cost, evidence- based health promotion programs and enjoy the resulting benefits of better health, well-being and independence. A little over five years and more than eight million dollars later, more than 38,000 older adults in over 160 locations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties learned how to stay healthy and independent through the various classes and programs.
The health promotion programs, which were offered throughout the country but not in South Florida until 2008, are endorsed by the CDC, the National Council on Aging, the Healthy Aging Research Network and the US Administration on Aging. The programs address what researchers have concluded to be the top threats to healthy aging: 1) sedentary lifestyle, 2) chronic illness, e.g., diabetes and arthritis, 3) injuries from falls, and 4) depression.
The success of the nationally-recognized Healthy Aging Regional Collabotaive paved the way for Florida Health Networks (FHN). An associated organization of Health Foundation of South Florida, Florida Health Networks partners with Aging and Disabilty provider networks and other community-based organizations. FHN supports contracting with managed care plans and allows direct service delivery of billable Preventive Health and Wellness services to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. For more information on FHN, visit: www.floridahealthnetworks.org