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HEALTH FOUNDATION PRESIDENT& CEO RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR WORK PROMOTING PARKS AND RECREATION IN SOUTH FLORIDA

 

Miami, FL, July 21, 2016 — Health Foundation of South Florida President & CEO Steven Marcus was recently selected to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/National Recreation and Park Association Award for Health Equity by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award will be publicly presented during a special reception at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Each year, NRPA National Awards are presented to five individuals and five agencies across the U.S. to honor their efforts—both professional and personal—in the field of parks and recreation. Recipients are selected from a pool of applicants by NRPA’s National Awards and Scholarship Committee, and are chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach.

The award recognizes efforts to promote health equity. According to Marcus, “I define healthy equity as reaching people where they are and giving them what they need to thrive and be well.” He added, “This includes the social, economic and environmental conditions across our society’s population.”

According to Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Director Jack Kardys, “Through his role as president & CEO of Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, Steven Marcus guides investments and initiatives to promote a culture for health equity, especially for our county’s most vulnerable residents.” He added, “He and the Foundation collaborated with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department (PROS) to advance complete streets, age friendly parks, outdoor fitness equipment, safe routes to parks, safe routes to aging in place and established a health and community design element within the Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Development Master Plan.”

Complete Streets fosters active commuting by providing pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transportation users with safe and convenient access to transportation. The Age-Friendly Initiative works to ensure the implementation of age-friendly modifications in policies and guidelines, such as: the Open Space Master Plan; Comprehensive Development Master Plan's Community Health and Design; the Transportation, Land Use Elements; as well as the Long Range Transportation Plan. The policy modifications will shift the aging in place paradigm by enabling safe, attractive, and comfortable open space access and travel for commuters of all ages and abilities.

“NRPA is pleased to honor our nation’s park and recreation heroes—agencies and individuals who work tirelessly and with passion to improve the lives of their citizens and make their communities great,” said Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of NRPA.

A full list of NRPA National Award winners is available at www.nrpa.org/nationalawards.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit ParksAndRecreation.org.

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit organization, improves health through community investments for health promotion and preventive services. With leadership and effective partnerships on a national, state and local level, the Foundation advances the ability of residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties to lead healthier lives. Since its founding in 1993, the Foundation has worked with more than 400 organizations and awarded over $115 million. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit www.hfsf.org

 


 

April 11, 2016     

Health Foundation awards over two million dollars to 31 local organizations

The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.

 

MIAMI, FL - Through its recent grant cycle, Health Foundation of South Florida has allocated $2,079,387 to help 31 local nonprofit organizations accomplish projects intended to improve the health and well-being of residents and communities within Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

Using a competitive application process, Health Foundation of South Florida has two annual grant cycles. The grants expand the Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within its priority areas, which include behavioral health, healthy eating active communities, preventive health measures, primary care and other community health needs.

According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairwoman Loreen Chant, “Ensuring access to quality health services and building environments to encourage healthy lifestyles where people live, learn, work and play is key to advancing health.” She added, “Achieving an outcome of improved population health is the focus of our grantmaking and partnerships.”

The following is a listing by county of Health Foundation’s recent grant recipients. For more information on the grants, please visit the website, www.hfsf.org

 Miami-Dade County:

  • Citrus Health Network, $100,000 to pilot The National Committee for Quality Assurance's new standards incorporating primary/preventive medical care for persons with serious mental illness receiving psychiatric services;
  • Common Threads, $80,000 to implement a nutrition education program targeting 3rd-8th grade children in 40 public schools;
  • Elijah Network Family and Community Alliance, $30,000 to develop a community action plan to decrease infant mortality in the Princeton/Naranja area;
  • Florida International University Foundation, $30,000 for computer software that will integrate multiple databases and improve clinical performance standards and patient population outcomes, with an emphasis on patients served by both behavioral health and primary care staff;
  • Florida International University Foundation, $90,000 for school-based outreach to identify healthcare problems in Liberty City and link individuals in need of services with healthcare providers;
  • Jessie Trice Community Health Center, $108,000 to launch an institution-wide colon cancer screening and follow up initiative;
  • Latinos Salud, $160,000 to implement an HIV evidence-based risk reduction program;
  • Miami Beach Community Health Center, $85,532 to increase access to primary and dental care by developing integrated family practice and dental services in the clinic's shared waiting room;
  • Miami Children’s Health System Foundation, $50,000 to enhance the skills of general dentists in the community serving the Medicaid population and establish a network of these dentists to provide pediatric oral health screenings and treatments;
  • Miami Dade College Foundation, $55,604 to develop and offer a Certification of Education Program to child care center providers in 40 sites integrating nutrition and physical activity into professional development;
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority, $25,000 to develop, design and implement a plan for a 3-mile, waterfront walking and biking trail from Brickell to NE 17th;
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority, $10,000 to create a Complete Streets conceptual design for SE/SW 1st Street in Downtown Miami;
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, $80,000 to increase physical activity, nutrition and healthcare access by redeveloping the 79th Street Corridor;
  • Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, $11,000 to support the installation of exercise equipment at Magnolia North Park;
  • Psycho-social Rehabilitation Center, $45,000 to upgrade equipment to use with a newly established electronic records system;
  • Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, $75,000 to install playground equipment and shade structures in Town Park North, a low-income housing development in Overtown;
  • SSJ Health Foundation, $28,816 to train volunteers to assist at the free clinic;
  • Sundari Foundation, $100,000 to increase access to medical and behavioral health services for homeless women and children;
  • The Center for Family and Child Enrichment, $80,000 to support the purchase and implementation of an electronic health record system for behavioral health care;
  • University of Miami, $150,000 to form a network between the school and community health organizations so that providers can implement evidence-based models and enhance the quality of services provided;
  • Voices for Children Foundation, $40,000 to transition members on the social media site into donors and or volunteers for the Guardian ad litem program.      
       

Broward County:

  • Children's Harbor, $48,500 to implement an evidence-based behavioral health model and electronic health records system to better serve children at risk for child abuse, neglect and abandonment;
  • Henderson Behavioral Health, $100,000 to provide support for a new, unified, agency wide phone system;
  • Itrace Foundation, $20,000 for an evidence-based physical activity program for children ages 3-5 in five preschools with developmental delays;
  • Need To Feed, $20,000 for a mobile farmers market to increase access to affordable, fresh produce in food desert communities.
     

Monroe County:

  • Florida Department of Health Monroe County, $65,000 to advocate for policy, system and environmental changes leading to increased physical activity opportunities for adults (46+).
     

Grants impacting Miami-Dade and Broward Counties:  

  • Florida Impact, $99,846 to extend the reach of three federal nutrition assistance programs;
  •  U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation, $75,000 to expand an after-school sport-based youth development and physical activity program.
     

A grant benefitting Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties:

  •  Early Learning Coalition Miami-Dade/Monroe, $160,089 to implement an evidence-based physical activity program in 165 child care centers.
     

Grants supporting programs in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties:

  • Faith Farm Ministries, $32,000 to improve food service capacity through the upgrade of commercial grade kitchen equipment and storage, and create healthier menu options;
  • House of Hope, $25,000 to upgrade computers and develop fundraising capabilities to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness.         
        

                                                                       
For additional information about Health Foundation of South Florida or its grantee partners, please contact Health Foundation at 305.374.9199.


 

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September 2, 2015

Position Opening: Program Officer

Position Overview

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization that improves health for residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, seeks an exceptional individual with strong program design, implementation and leadership skills to join its program team. This individual will work closely with the Associate Vice President of Programs, Policy and Special Initiatives to further develop, implement and track the performance of funding strategies. The successful candidate will effectively collaborate with Foundation staff and system stakeholders to co-design and carryout solutions to our region’s most pressing health related problems. 

 

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead in the investigation of evidence based public health interventions
  • Assess grant proposals; monitor and provide consultation to grant funded projects; report on proposal and grant status
  • Assist in the research, design, implementation and assessment of the Foundation’s priority funding areas
  • Assist in the design and management of strategic initiatives
  • Actively participate in selected local and regional initiatives focused on community health and system improvements

 

Related Duties:

  • Develop, manage and assess performance of strategies within priority funding areas
  • Determine the appropriate scope of potential Foundations support
  • Assess the alignment between identified funding opportunities and Foundation strategy
  • Identify and capitalize on synergy between Foundation strategies within and across priority funding areas
  • Identify and capitalize on leverage opportunities between Foundation strategies and those of other stakeholders
  • Identify where and how best to modify Foundation strategies to improve performance
  • Make presentations to Board of Directors and other stakeholder groups; inform communication and policy efforts with regard to priority funding areas
  • Stay current on the literature and trends with regard to the strategies and funding opportunities within priority funding areas
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key partners

                 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of health care delivery and payment systems and public health.
  • Knowledge of the grantmaking process
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strategy, develop work plans, multi-task and deliver quality work on time
  • Strong project/program management skills with demonstrated experience managing large, complex projects connecting a variety of stakeholders
  • Strong analytic and critical reasoning skills
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into clear, easy-to-understand concepts
  • Public speaking and presentation skills, including experience presenting complicated subject matter to non-expert audiences and experience presenting strategic and complex information to high-level decision makers
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, relationship and collaboration skills
  • Motivated and committed to the Foundation’s mission

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in public health, public administration, social work or related field required
  • Work experience of at least five years within the field of public health and/or healthcare
  • Knowledge of preventive and primary health care preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English or Creole/English preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

 

Those interested should forward a resume and cover-letter to Peter Wood by Thursday, September 24: 
Peter N. Wood
Vice President for Programs and Community Investments
Health Foundation of South Florida
2 South Biscayne Blvd, Suite 1710
Miami, FL 33131
pwood@hfsf.org      www.hfsf.org

 

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit organization, improves health through community investments for health promotion and preventive services. With leadership and effective partnerships on a national, state and local level, the Foundation advances the ability of residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties to lead healthier lives. Since its founding in 1993, it has worked with more than 400 organizations and awarded over $110 million. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit www.hfsf.org

 


 

Age-Friendly Summit a success! Read the article that appeared in the Miami Herald.

 


 

March 4, 2015 

HEALTH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA ADDS EVERETT WILSON
TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The new Board member is a partner at the national law firm, Akerman, LLP.
 
MIAMI, FL – Health Foundation of South Florida has added J. Everett Wilson, a partner at the national law firm Akerman, LLP, to its Board of Directors. The Board leads South Florida’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health services for all residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
 
“With Everett Wilson devoting his practice to the healthcare industry for over 25 years, he has a thorough understanding of its challenges and opportunities,” said Health Foundation of South Florida Board Chairwoman Loreen Chant. She added, “We are fortunate to have such a committed individual on our Board whose expertise fortifies the impact we are making in building healthier communities and improving health for all residents.”
 
As a partner at Akerman, Everett represents healthcare providers and other entities involved in healthcare and healthcare insurance industries. With experience in almost every aspect of health law, he focuses primarily on issues relating to Medicare and Medicaid, regulatory compliance, provider operations and managed care. His professional memberships include the American Health Lawyers Association and The Florida Bar’s Health Law Section. Among his many charitable activities are serving on the Board of the South Florida Chapters of the American Red Cross and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
 
Health Foundation of South Florida’s other officers for this term are Arthur Finkle, CLU, Arthur Finkle & Associates as Vice Chairman and Roderick King, M.D., CEO of Florida Institute for Health Innovation as Secretary. Richard Lavina, EVP Regional President of HSBC, is the immediate past chairman.
 
Completing Health Foundation of South Florida’s board are: Richard B. Adams, Esq.; Melita Akiti, LCSW; Luther Brewster, Ph.D.; Sheldon Dagen, CPA; Karen Gilmore; Philip Grossman, M.D.; Susan Kelley; Ivette Motola, M.D.; Claire Michele Rice, Ph.D.; Thao M.P. Tran, M.D.; J. Everett Wilson and Stanley Worton, M.D.
 
About Health Foundation of South Florida: Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $108 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit: www.hfsf.org.
 
 
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February 13, 2015

 
 
LOREEN CHANT ELECTED CHAIRWOMAN OF
HEALTH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The new Chairwoman is President and CEO of Easter Seals South Florida.
 
MIAMI, FL –Health Foundation of South Florida announced that Loreen Chant has been elected chairwoman of its Board of Directors. The Board leads South Florida’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health services for all residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Chant, who resides in Pompano Beach, has held several key positions since joining the Board in 2009.
 
Chant, a recognized community leader, is president and CEO of Easter Seals South Florida where she is leading and growing the organization as an outstanding provider of services for people with disabilities or special needs and their families. Prior to this position, Chant had a successful 22-year career with Johnson & Wales University. She most recently served as president of their North Miami Campus and led its growth and development into a thriving $100 million, 29-acre facility serving nearly 2,000 students from all over the world.
 
Through her work and volunteer positions, including past member of the Board of the United Way of Miami-Dade, Chant has demonstrated her ability to be an effective and passionate advocate for funding programs that meet pressing community needs.
 
According to Health Foundation of South Florida President and CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D., “Loreen’s leadership, significant contributions and experience on the board, including chairing the Planning & Evaluation Committee which oversees our grantmaking, makes her ideally suited to take on the responsibility of Board Chairwoman.” He added, “She is also very involved with our Healthy Community Partnerships initiative with the City of Miami Gardens and the Neighborhood of Little Havana.”
 
Health Foundation of South Florida’s other officers for this term are Arthur Finkle, CLU, Arthur Finkle & Associates as Vice Chairman and Roderick King, M.D., CEO of Florida Institute for Health Innovation as Secretary. Richard Lavina, EVP Regional President of HSBC, is the immediate past chairman.
 
Completing Health Foundation of South Florida’s board are: Richard B. Adams, Esq.; Melita Akiti, LCSW; Luther Brewster, Ph.D.; Sheldon Dagen, CPA; Karen Gilmore; Philip Grossman, M.D.; Susan Kelley; Ivette Motola, M.D.; Claire Michele Rice, Ph.D.; Thao M.P. Tran, M.D.; J. Everett Wilson and Stanley Worton, M.D.
 
About Health Foundation of South Florida: Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $108 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit: www.hfsf.org.
 
 
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January 22, 2015

 
 
HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS
TO 20 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands
of residents.
 
MIAMI, FL - Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors recently approved $1,573,352 for grants in its priority areas: behavioral health, healthy eating active communities, preventive health measures and primary care as well as other community health needs. The grants, which range from $20,000 to $200,000, were awarded to 20 nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
 
According to Health Foundation of South Florida President & CEO Steven Marcus, Ed.D, “Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are making an impact on improving the health of underserved individuals and families is at the core our mission.” He added, “Through our working relationships and collaborative efforts, we strive to ensure that South Florida residents have health promoting neighborhoods in which to live as well as quality health services.”
 
In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Chapman Partnership, $200,000 to provide primary care services to homeless adults and children residing at Chapman Partnership North, the largest homeless shelter in Miami-Dade County; City of Hialeah, $80,000 to develop and implement Complete Streets policies within the City to make roadways more pedestrian and bicycle friendly; City of Miami, $91,737 to implement an evidence-based physical activity program in 20 after-school sites; City of South Miami, $20,000 to develop and implement Complete Streets policies within the City to make roadways more pedestrian and bicycle friendly and Empower "U", $90,000 for an electronic health record system that meets federal mandates and facilitates the provision of primary care services.
 
In addition, Family Resource Center of South Florida,  $37,438 for an electronic health record system that meets federal mandates and facilitates the provision of behavioral health services; Federation Of Families Miami-Dade Chapter, $34,000 to increase organizational capacity in the areas of communication and technology; New Horizons Community Mental Health Center, $90,000 for an electronic health record system that meets federal mandates and facilitates the provision of behavioral health services; Open Door Health Center, $200,000 to provide free primary care services to low-income, uninsured individuals and families; The Education Fund, $60,000 to support a garden-to-school cafeteria program.
 
In Broward County, grants were awarded to: American Lung Association, $92,831 to support environmental and policy change to decrease access to tobacco products for youth and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through smoke-free multiunit housing and point-of-sale marketing strategies at convenience stores; Broward College Foundation,$62,000 to purchase a cardiopulmonary simulation manikin, an educational tool for nursing and allied health students; Broward Community & Family Health Center, $69,962 to help the Federally Qualified Health Center’s four service delivery sites achieve and maintain recognition as Patient Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance; Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center, $159,434 to implement a linkage to care program for HIV positive youth and Kids In Distress, $71,350 to purchase and implement a centralized web-based performance management system.
 
In Monroe County, grants were awarded to: Florida Department of Health-Monroe County, $48,850 to support adopting smoke-free property policies at eight properties by promoting  smoke-free housing to property managers and owners; Florida Keys Area Health Education Center Program, Inc., $24,750 to provide technical assistance to Monroe County schools in establishing healthy school environments.
 
Grants that will impact residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties were awarded to: American Heart Association, $36,000 to increase access to healthy foods by establishing a Healthy Food Financing Program in Florida; Farm Share, $65,000 to purchase a refrigerated trailer that will enable the organization to acquire more donated food from farmers and businesses and have the items be safely transported to families in need and Florida Impact, $40,000 to increase participation in the federal after-school meal program in South Florida.
 
For additional information about Health Foundation of South Florida or its grantee partners, please contact Shari Gantman, Health Foundation at 305.374.9199.
 
About Health Foundation of South Florida: Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $108 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit: www.hfsf.org.
 
 
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August 26, 2014

 

HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS NEARLY ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO 17 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.

 

MIAMI, FL - Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors recently approved $997,913 for grants in its priority areas: behavioral health, healthy eating active communities, preventive health measures and primary care as well as other community health needs. The grants, which range from $23,312 to $120,000, were awarded to 17 nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

 

According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairman Richard Laviña, “Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are making an impact on improving the health of underserved individuals and families is at the core our mission.” He added, “Through our working relationships and collaborative efforts, we strive to ensure that South Florida residents have access to quality health services.”

 

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Baptist Health South Florida Foundation, $30,000 to assist with a health needs assessment in West Kendall to inform the development of a comprehensive community action plan; Camillus House, $54,843 to support efforts to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF); Common Threads, $50,000 to launch a multi-component nutrition education program for 3rd-5th grade children in 45 public schools; Chapman Partnership, $30,000 to provide oral health services to homeless adults and children; Jessie Trice Community Health Centers, $95,000 to integrate behavioral health assessments, screenings and services at an existing primary care health center in Miami Gardens and Kristi House, $23,312 to build the agency’s capacity to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 

In addition, Miami-Dade County Health Department, $120,000 to increase access to breast and cervical cancer screenings for women living in areas with high rates of late-stage cancer diagnoses; Miami Jewish Health Systems, $42,000 to support a falls prevention program through the purchase and installation of voice activated sensors; New Hope C.O.R.P.S., $57,780 to support efforts to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF); South Florida After-School All-Stars, $20,000 to assist in creating an evaluation framework for the organization; South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, $15,000 to build capacity, begin an enhanced positive social norms campaign for high school students and implement the Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment protocol (SBIRT) and The WOW Center, $57,500 to design and install outdoor fitness equipment appropriate for individuals with varying abilities in Kendall’s Indian Hammocks Park.

 

A grant that will impact residents in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties was awarded to: South Florida Behavioral Health Network, $67,500 to increase system, organization, and provider capacity to provide patient-centered integrated behavioral health care.

 

In Broward County, grants were awarded to: Department of Health in Broward County, $120,000 to increase access to breast and cervical cancer diagnostic procedures for women in Broward County; Department of Health in Broward County, $120,000 to advocate for policy change to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke and decrease youth access to tobacco products and Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, $59,978 to purchase, modify, and install an electronic Health Information Management system to facilitate the provision of case managed health and social services programs to low-income families.

 

A grant was also awarded to: United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, $35,000 to train a network of peer mentors working in substance abuse treatment settings on the Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) model to encourage increased resiliency, wellness and self-management among individuals with substance abuse disorders.

 

For additional information about Health Foundation of South Florida or its grantee partners, please contact Health Foundation at 305.374.9199.

 

About Health Foundation of South Florida: Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $106 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit: www.hfsf.org

 

 

 

 

March 7, 2014

 

HEALTH FOUNDATION ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

 

MIAMI, FL – Health Foundation of South Florida today announced that Melida Akiti, Vice President of South Broward Community Health Services/Memorial Health System and Luther Brewster, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine & Society at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, have joined its Board of Directors. The Board leads Florida’s largest nonprofit philanthropy devoted to establishing South Florida as a leader in community health and prevention.

“Melida Akiti and Luther Brewster share Health Foundation’s vision to create a culture of health that enables residents in Miami-Dade, Monroe and Broward Counties to lead healthier lives,” said Health Foundation of South Florida Board Chairman Richard Laviña. “We are fortunate to have two such committed individuals whose expertise fortifies the impact we are making in improving health for all South Floridians.”

As Vice President of Memorial Healthcare System’s South Broward Community Health Services, Melida Akiti ensures that uninsured and under-insured residents within the South Florida Hospital District receive quality healthcare at their clinics, which serve as patient-centered, culturally sensitive medical homes. Her career includes credit for developing a strong behavioral health network for residents in Miami-Dade County suffering from severe and persistent mental illness and obtaining NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Level 3 Recognition for all Memorial Health Systems’ primary care clinics.

Luther Brewster is an Assistant Professor of Medicine & Society at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, where he directs the development of community-based initiatives for the Department of Humanities, Health & Society. He also serves as Chief of the Division of Policy & Community Development and the Community Director of Green Family Foundation Neighborhood HELP ™, Dr. Brewster oversees the coordination of a broad network of more than 100 community partners and the recruitment and retention of medically underserved households for the College of Medicine’s home visitation educational activities.

Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board officers are: Richard Laviña, Chairman; Loreen Chant, Vice Chair and Arthur Finkle, CLU, Secretary. The Board members are: Richard B. Adams, Esq.; Sheldon D. Dagen, CPA; Karen Gilmore; Philip Grossman, MD; Susan Kelly; Roderick King, M.D.; Ivette Motola, M.D.; Claire Michele Rice, Ph.D.; Thao Tran, M.D. and Stanley Worton, MD.


Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $104 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their website, www.hfsf.org. For information on the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, visit www.healthyagingsf.org. 

 


 

January 24, 2014

 

HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.

MIAMI, FL - Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors approved $1,472,944 for grants focused on increasing access to quality, primary health care; healthy eating active communities; preventive health measures; behavioral health as well as other community health needs. The grants, which range from $20,000 to $169,396, were awarded to twenty-two nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairman Richard Laviña, “Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are making an impact on improving the health of underserved individuals and families is at the core our mission.” He added, “Through our working relationships and collaborative efforts, we strive to ensure that South Florida residents have access to quality health services and care.”

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Alliance for a Healthier Generation, $99,413 to improve healthy eating and physical activity standards within after school settings; Citrus Health Network, $80,000 to add a behavioral medicine component to primary care services offered at three primary care sites; Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health Center, $84,360 to provide peer support and daily socialization to support recovery and wellness among adults with severe mental illness; Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami, $44,300 to purchase and install an electronic health record system to meet county, state, and federal mandates and facilitate the provision of behavioral health services to children and families; Florida International University Foundation, $45,000 to provide access to primary care for underserved and uninsured adults through a mobile medical health center; Health Information Project, $30,000 to improve health awareness for teenagers through innovative school-based, peer-to-peer education that promotes conversation and connects students to reliable health resources; Here's Help, $73,000 to implement and evaluate two value-added social recovery components (horticulture and culinary arts) of an existing residential substance abuse treatment program; Key Clubhouse of South Florida, $40,900 to increase the capacity to serve more clubhouse members by equipping a larger clubhouse facility with computers and furniture. Miami Beach Community Health Center, $161,396 to establish additional primary care examination rooms and increase access to primary care at a Federally Qualified Health Center; Health Foundation Grants South Florida Behavioral Health Network, $20,000 to develop comprehensive recommendations related to the delivery of behavioral health services to individuals with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system; The Miami Coalition for a Safe & Drug Free Community, $123,450 to implement a substance abuse screening, referral and follow-up initiative to reduce the incidence of youth substance misuse behaviors; Community AIDS Resource, $45,000 to improve the health literacy of patients through technology and education that informs, educates and empowers individuals about health issues; South Florida Hospital Research & Education Foundation, $30,000 to assist hospitals as they adopt baby-friendly best practices to increase breast-feeding rates and The Trust for Public Land, $160,000 to design and install Fitness Zones (each Fitness Zone is a set of 9 to 14 pieces of outdoor equipment) in four low-income neighborhoods.

In Broward County, grants were awarded to: Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, $60,000 to improve the capacity of the behavioral health system to serve individuals with co-occurring conditions by re-establishing a regional collaborative of behavioral health providers; Broward Regional Health Planning Council, $39,995 to enhance an existing electronic health record system to facilitate targeted case management services and Medicaid billing in accordance with Agency for Health Care Administration certification requirements; Foundation for a Breastfeeding Culture, $25,000 to develop and deliver e-learning modules for use by maternity care staff to assist in the designation process for the Baby Friendly Initiative; Memorial Foundation, $70,000 to enhance the treatment capacity of a behavioral health provider through staff training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a SAMHSA approved evidence-based treatment model for clients with mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring diagnoses and The Starting Place, $90,000 for an electronic health record system that will be shared among four behavioral health providers to meet county, state, and federal mandates and facilitate the provision of behavioral health services.

In Monroe County, grants were awarded to: Fishermen’s Hospital, $65,000 to establish primary care clinic for underserved families in Big Pine Key; Monroe County Health Department, $56,000 to increase the number of multiunit properties that adopt smoke-free policies to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke; and Womankind, $30,180 to establish a colorectal cancer screening initiative.


Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $104 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their website, www.hfsf.org. For information on the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, visit www.healthyagingsf.org. 

 


 

January 29, 2014

 

RICHARD LAVIÑA ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF HEALTH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA

 

MIAMI, FL –Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit public foundation that has awarded more than $104 million in grants and program support to preventive health initiatives since 1993, elected Richard Laviña to a second term as chairman of its board of directors.

Mr. Laviña, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate, Commercial Banking Southeast and Texas Region for HSBC Bank USA, N.A., has been a member of Health Foundation’s board for seven years. With more than 28 years of corporate/commercial banking experience, Mr. Laviña has extensive experience in the corporate and commercial segments.

He has been active in several other local philanthropic organizations, including the Miami Foundation where Mr. Laviña was the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board and Chairman of the Investment Committee.  Mr. Laviña, who holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Miami, resides in Miami with his wife Maria and two children.

According to Health Foundation of South Florida President and CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D. “Rick’s leadership, significant contributions and experience on the board and in the community makes him ideally suited to take on this responsibility.” He added, “As the Foundation continues its mission to impact health outcomes in South Florida through leadership and partnering for collaborative action, his sharp business acumen and compassion for our neediest residents will add special value to achieving our goals.”

Health Foundation of South Florida’s other officers include Loreen Chant, President of Johnson & Wales University, North Miami Campus, as Vice Chairwoman and Arthur Finkle, CLU, as Secretary.

Completing Health Foundation of South Florida’s board are: Melita Akiti, Ph.D.; Richard B. Adams, Esq.;Luther Brewster, Ph.D.; Sheldon Dagen, CPA; Karen Gilmore; Philip Grossman, M.D.; Susan Kelley; Roderick King, M.D.; Ivette Motola, M.D.; Claire Michele Rice, Ph.D.; Thao M.P. Tran, M.D.  and Stanley Worton, M.D.


About Health Foundation of South Florida:Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $104 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their website, www.hfsf.org. For information on the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, visit www.healthyagingsf.org. 

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November 11, 2013                

Contact: Shari Gantman, Health Foundation of South Florida 
Email: sgantman@hfsf.org, Phone: 305.374.9199

 

Health Foundation Receives Renewal Grant from Grantmakers in Aging 
and Pfizer Foundation to Help Make Miami-Dade County ‘Age-Friendly’ 

 

The Foundation is one of five recipients to receive support in the second year of funding for Community AGEnda, a $1.3 million national effort to help towns and cities prepare for a growing older population

 

Miami, FL –Health Foundation of South Florida was awarded a $140,000 grant from the Pfizer Foundation and Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), a national association of funders, as part of a second year of funding totaling $1.3 million for Community AGEnda, an initiative aimed at helping American communities become more age-friendly, meaning great places to grow up and grow old.   Health  Foundation also received $10,000 from AARP, $10,000 from United Way of Miami-Dade County and $6,500 from HSBC to support this effort in Miami-Dade County.

 

Health Foundation will continue to promote older adult employment opportunities and will add age-friendly revisions and input from older adults to long-term county planning documents concerning land use, community health and design, transit and transportation and housing. The Foundation will continue its work on Safe Routes to Age in Place, which aims to make the East Little Havana neighborhood in Miami safer for walking and transit use, and will expand program offerings in 13 county parks that were  chosen to become more age-friendly and will eventually develop into Wellness Support Centers for active adults 55 plus.

 

 “Since 2008, Health Foundation has enabled more than 25,000 older adults in Miami-Dade County to age strong with evidence-based programs offered through its successful Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative initiative,” said Health Foundation of South Florida President & CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D. He added, “This grant complements those efforts by enabling the Foundation to collaborate with community partners to meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population who prefer to age in place as opposed to a nursing home or long term facility.”


“Research tells us that most people want to grow old in the places that matter most to them, around family and community,” said John Feather, PhD, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging. “But that’s only going to be possible if all of us — regional planners, elected officials, citizen groups, philanthropies, industry and others — start thinking and taking action now to put age-friendly ideas into practice. Supporting age-friendly development is a natural role for local philanthropies because of their unique knowledge of the people and particular needs of their own regions.”

 

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America is getting older fast. Today, 40 million people in the United States are ages 65 and older, and this number is projected to more than double to 89 million by 2050. Yet most cities, towns and regions are not preparing to take advantage of the opportunities — and meet the challenges — presented by a growing number of older adults.

 

“The aging of America’s population is one of the most important trends of the 21st Century, with tremendous implications for our future, our health, our economy and our quality of life,” said Caroline Roan, President of the Pfizer Foundation. “By partnering with Grantmakers In Aging, we believe we can promote health and wellness, advance the important national conversation around aging and help our communities take tangible steps to prepare for these huge demographic changes.”

 

National-local collaboration
Community AGEnda is providing a total of $750,000 in funding to five communities or regions, and will use an additional $550,000 to assess and support the local efforts and inspire similar work across the country.  This work includes promotional activities and the development of planning, assessment and strategy tools and other practical resources, including an online searchable database describing the growing number of age-friendly projects in the United States. The project will also gather national and regional funders to spur greater interest in age-friendly community development.

 

  • Address transportation challenges for seniors in Atlanta, including neighborhood walkability;
  • Establish development incentives to create an age-friendly Lifetime Community District in Bloomington, IN;
  • Improve older-adult transportation and mobility options in the greater Kansas City area;
  • Develop plans and build capacity to implement age-friendly models in the Phoenix area.

 

What is an Age-friendly Community? 
Nationwide efforts to make communities age-friendly take various forms. Often they involve physical environments -- from safe outdoor spaces and accessible public transportation to affordable, well-designed housing. Other age-friendly initiatives tackle social needs: creating engaging cultural and outdoor activities, public services, and volunteering options. Each community will focus on their own local challenges.

 

About Grantmakers In Aging
Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) is an inclusive and responsive membership organization including all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improve the experience of aging. GIA members have a shared recognition that a society that is better for older adults is a society that is better for people of all ages. For more information, please visit www.giaging.org.

 

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About The Pfizer Foundation
The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. Its mission is to promote access to quality health care, to nurture innovation, and to support the community involvement of Pfizer colleagues.  The Pfizer Foundation provides funding and resources to local and international organizations that expand and improve global health strategies. In 2011, the Foundation provided over $16 million in grants and employee matching gifts to non-governmental organizations around the world. For more information please visit Pfizer.com.

 

About Health Foundation of South Florida:
Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents.  Since 1993, the Foundation awarded more than $95 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their website, www.hfsf.org. For information on the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, visit www.healthyagingsf.org.    

         
                                    
Grantmakers In Aging
Media Contact: Elliott Walker
Email:  ewalker@aboutscp.com
Phone:  610-687-5495

 

Pfizer Foundation 
Media Contact: MacKay Jimeson
Email: mackay.jimeson@pfizer.com
Phone 212-733-2324

 

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Health Foundation of South Florida
2 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1710
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: 305.374.7200   www.hfsf.org


 

 

June 25, 2013

 

Health Foundation Awards More Than One Million Dollars To Local Organizations
The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.

 

MIAMI, FL- Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors approved $1,165,370 for grants focused on increasing access to quality, primary health care, healthy eating active communities, preventive health-measures, oral health and other community health needs. The grants, which range from $28,000 to $105,000, were awarded to twenty nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward and Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

 

According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairman Richard Laviña, “Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are making an impact on improving the health of underserved individuals and families is at the core our mission.” He added, “Through our working relationships and collaborative efforts, we strive to ensure that South Florida residents have access to quality health care and healthy communities.”

 

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Banyan Community Health Center, $60,000 to implement an Electronic Health Record system for primary care services; Better Way of Miami, $75,000 to implement an Electronic Health Record system for behavioral health care services; Carrfour Supportive Housing, $28,800 to continue with the establishment of a healthy food hub connecting food producers to consumers; Dade County Dental Research Clinic, $50,000 for the purchase and use of oral health specialty care diagnostic equipment; Miami Beach Education Foundation, $62,000 to provide basic health services for students at three Miami Beach schools; Miami-Dade County Health Department, $55,000 to operate a mobile dental van that provides preventive oral healthcare to children in South Dade County; Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center, $50,000 to renovate and purchase equipment for a commercial-sized kitchen at a new center for persons with mental illness; Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation, $40,000 to develop, implement, and staff an interactive video-based smoking cessation program; South Florida Jail Ministries, $75,000 to establish an integrated behavioral health and  primary care Electronic Health Record system.

  

In Broward County, grants were awarded to: Alliance for a Healthier Generation, $105,620 to provide technical assistance to Broward County schools in establishing healthy school environments; Broward Education Foundation, $31,500 to implement an integrated school garden nutrition program in 10 public schools; Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, $100,000 to provide oral health services to 700 children and adolescents with special health care needs; Florida Impact, $46,000 to increase participation in the Federal after-school meal program; Henderson Behavioral Health, $100,000 to support the implementation of a health home program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness; Nova Southeastern University, $32,000 to document patient experience within patient center medical homes and use this information to improve care; United Way of Broward County, $20,000 to plan a Broward County multi-agency effort to offer prevention and/or early intervention assistance to individuals at risk for substance abuse; YMCA of Broward County, $74,700 to incorporate community assessment and community planning best practices into multiple Broward-based health initiatives.

 

In Monroe County, a grant was awarded to: Florida Keys Area Health Education Center Program, $49,750 to provide technical assistance to Monroe County schools in establishing healthy school environments.

 

Serving Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Switchboard of Miami was awarded $60,000 for technology and capacity enhancements to better provide immediate trilingual health and social services assistance and referrals via telephone for an estimated 140,000 adults, youth and families.

 

In Miami-Dade and Broward, a grant was awarded to: YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, $50,000 to increase access to breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women.

 

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved.  Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site, www.hfsf.org. Also visit www.healthyagingsf.org for information on the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of South Florida.

 

 

 


February 15, 2013

 

 
Richard Laviňa, Executive Vice President, Regional President, Commercial Banking Southeast Region for HSBC Bank USA Elected Chairman of Health Foundation Of South Florida
 
  
 

MIAMI, Feb. 15, 2013-Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit public foundation that has awarded more than $98 million in grants and program support to preventive health initiatives since 1993, elected Richard Laviňa as chairman of its board of directors. 

 

Mr. Laviňa, Executive Vice President, Regional President, Commercial Banking Southeast Region for HSBC Bank USA, N.A., has been a member of Health Foundation's board for six years. With more than 27 years of corporate/commercial banking experience, Mr. Laviña has extensive experience in the Southeastern market.

 

He is active with several local philanthropic organizations, including the Miami Foundation where Mr. Laviňa was the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board and Chairman of the Investment Committee. Mr. Laviña, who holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in finance from the University of Miami, resides in Miami with his wife Maria and two children.

 

According to Health Foundation of South Florida President and CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D. "Rick's leadership and contributions to the board and community make him ideally suited to take on this responsibility." He added, "As the Foundation continues its mission to impact health outcomes through leadership and partnering for collaborative action, his sharp business acumen and compassion for our neediest residents will add special value to achieving our goals."

 

Health Foundation of South Florida's other officers for this term are Loreen Chant as Vice Chairwoman and Roymi Membiela as Secretary. Karen Gilmore is the immediate past chairwoman.

 

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $95 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site, www.hfsf.org. Also visit www.healthyagingsf.org for information on the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of South Florida.

 

 

HFSF Pres/CEO TV interview on the Affordable Care Act

 

 

June 19, 2012

 

 
HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
 
The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.
 

MIAMI, FL- Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors approved $1,282,700 for grants focused on increasing access to quality, primary health care; healthy eating active communities; preventive health-measures; oral health, as well as other community health needs. The grants, which range from $25,000 to $200,000, were awarded to 18 nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

 

According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairwoman Divina Grossman, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, “Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are making an impact on improving the health of underserved individuals and families is at the core our mission.” She added, “Through our working relationships and collaborative efforts, we strive to ensure that South Florida residents have access to quality health care.”

 

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Borinquen Health Care Center, $160,000 to implement an outreach and counseling program for hard-to-reach substance abusers in Overtown; Collins Center for Public Policy, $50,000 to establish a large garden on the campus of a public senior housing facility in Coconut Grove, where garden produce is shared with residents and the excess is sold at local farmers’ markets; Florida International University Foundation, $65,000 to establish a mobile primary care unit staffed by medical students and staff to serve medically underserved and uninsured adults; Health Council of South Florida,$40,000 to administer a survey of health behaviors and health care access in Miami-Dade County that will allow neighborhood-level analysis; Jessie Trice Community Health Centers, $50,000 to conduct hypertension screening and provide education in underserved neighborhoods in Miami-Dade.

 

In addition, grants were added to: Miami Dade College Foundation, $120,000 to replace seven dental chairs and related equipment at the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic; The Sundari Foundation, $55,000 to support an integrated health and wellness program for homeless women and children at the Lotus House Women’s Shelter; University of Miami, $25,000 to pilot an evidence- based wellness program (Active Living Every Day) in southwest Miami-Dade County; University of Miami, $200,000 to assist child care centers in establishing healthier center environments that promote nutrition and physical activity; Youth L.E.A.D., $40,000 to create a unified vision and policy for a local food system in Miami-Dade and YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, $60,000 to support a multi-component breast and cervical cancer control program.

 

In Broward County, grants were awarded to: Broward Education Foundation, $32,000 to implement an integrated, school garden nutrition program in five public schools; Family Central, $58,000 to promote healthier eating habits in families through gardens at child care centers and parent education workshops; Health Choice Network of Florida, $60,200 to assist nine federally qualified health centers in attaining NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home recognition; Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies, $50,000 for provision of oral health education for high risk pregnant women and program participants of childbearing age; Kids In Distress, $102,500 to support a dental care facility for underserved children in Broward County; South Florida Hospital Research and Education Foundation, $75,000 to assist five hospitals in adopting baby-friendly best practices to increase breastfeeding and Women's Breast Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate, $40,000 to conduct door-to-door outreach in underserved neighborhoods and free mammograms to eligible women.

 

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $95 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site, www.hfsf.org. Also visit www.healthyagingsf.org for information on the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of South Florida.

 

 

 

 

February 23, 2012

 

 
HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO IMPACT THE HEALTH OF OLDER ADULTS
 
More than 18,000 older adults in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties have benefitted from programs offered through the Foundation’s Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative
 

Sixteen nonprofit organizations throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties received grants of up to $284,000 from Health Foundation of South Florida to help older adults stay healthy and independent.  Through a five-year $7.5 million  initiative of the Foundation, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, the organizations offer nationally-recognized, prevention programs focused on chronic disease self-management, falls prevention, depression and  physical activity.

 

According to Health Foundation of South Florida’s Chairwoman Divina Grossman, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, “The Foundation works with community partners to support programs that are designed to promote and preserve the health of older adults.” She added, “Since the Collaborative was launched in 2008, more than 18,000 older adults in South Florida have benefitted from the evidence-based healthy aging programs.”

 

The grants total $1,244,951 and were awarded to the following nonprofit organizations:

 

In Miami-Dade County, grants totaling$589,745 were awarded to 11 lead agencies: Alliance for Aging, Community Health of South Florida, Cuban American National Council, Independent Living Community Services, Jessie Trice Community Health Centers, Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Little Havana Activities & Nutrition Centers, Open Door Health Center, South Florida V.A. Foundation and YMCA of Greater Miami.

 

In Broward County, grants totaling $ 585,706 were awarded to four organizations: Areawide Council on Aging, Broward Regional Health Planning Council, South Florida V.A. Foundation and the YMCA of Broward County.  In Monroe County, $69,500 was awarded to Florida Keys AHEC.

 

 

 

February 7, 2012 

 

HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Grantees working to make measurable impact on health of local residents

 

MIAMI, FL- Twenty-three organizations throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties have been awarded grants of up to $168,000 by Health Foundation of South Florida to improve the health of people living in those Counties. The grants, which total $1.8 million, address community health needs, including increasing access to quality, primary health services, oral health care, breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and opportunities for physical activity and nutritious foods.  The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.

 

“The funding enables Health Foundation to work with community partners who bring expertise and resources to improve people’s health, with a focus on prevention and early intervention, “said Health Foundation Chairwoman Divina Grossman,Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.  She added, “We are proud to partner with grantees in addressing community needs to ensure all residents have opportunities for better health.”

 

In Miami-Dade County, grants were awarded to: Baptist Health of South Florida, $75,000 to open a nurse practitioner-led outpatient clinic designed to reduce hospital readmissions; Carrfour Supportive Housing, $80,000 to create a healthy food hub that extends into low-income neighborhoods; Chapman Partnership, $100,000 to increase the access to primary healthcare for homeless families and individuals; Citrus Health Network, $100,000 to establish a new primary care clinic for homeless individuals in the Hialeah area; Community AIDS Resource, $41,000 to increase productivity of a dental clinic by adding a part-time dental hygienist; Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, $129,000 to provide preventive oral health services to school aged children and Easter Seals South Florida, $60,000 to open an adult day care facility for patients with Alzheimer's and memory disorders.

 

Additional Miami-Dade County grantees include: Florida Heart Research Institute, $80,000 to provide preventive health screenings and access to community- based health centers for those needing follow up; Health Council of South Florida, $40,000 to continue a Web-based repository of Miami- Dade County specific health data; Miami Children's Hospital Foundation, $168,000 to expand the Doral Dental Clinic; New Hope C.O.R.P.S.,  $50,000 to help disabled, homeless individuals access health care and other basic needs; Open Door Health Center, $100,000 to provide primary care services to low-income, uninsured residents; The Education Fund, $93,000 to support expansion of an integrated, nutrition school gardening program and development of a train-the-trainer model for sustainability.

 

In Broward County, grants were awarded to: City of West Park, $60,000 to improve two parks to increase physical activity levels of residents; Hospice by the Sea, $30,000 for technology upgrades to enable Certified Nurses Assistants to document patient encounter data electronically, in real-time; Institute for Child and Family Health, $100,000 to expand organization’s health information technology system to ensure compliance with federal guidelines and improve organizational efficiency; Memorial Foundation received $117,000 to assist five primary care centers achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance, Patient Centered Medical Home recognition as well as $78,000 to increase the number of clinic patients that receive and complete a colorectal cancer screening test and North Broward Hospital District Charitable Foundation, $60,000 to support the planning for National Committee for Quality Assurance, Patient Centered Medical Home recognition.

 

In Monroe County, Star of the Sea Foundation received $36,000 to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables among low-income residents in the Florida Keys.

 

Organizations receiving multi-county grants include: Florida Impact, $43,000 to enroll afterschool providers in the newly established federal Supper Program increasing access to healthy meals to children in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties; Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, $53,000 to provide access to comprehensive eye examinations and glasses to uninsured children in Broward and Monroe Counties and Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, $65,000 to evaluate their new system for documenting and tracking the health care needs of foster children in Broward and Monroe Counties.

 

About Health Foundation of South Florida: Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, focuses on going beyond traditional funding to drive change, achieve measurable impact and collaborate with partners who can help us improve health for residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $92 million on its way to making a healthy difference in the lives of South Floridians. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit www.hfsf.org. For details on Health Foundation’s $7.5 million Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, see: www.healthyagingsf.org

 

 



 

January 26, 2012

NEW BOARD CHAIR TAKES HELM AT HEALTH FOUNDATION
FIU’s Vice President for Engagement Dr. Divina Grossman Elected Chair
 
MIAMI, FL –MIAMI, FL –Divina Grossman, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Vice President for Engagement at Florida International University (FIU), has been elected to a two-year term as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization focused on improving health for residents in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
 
Dr. Grossman became a Health Foundation Board member in 2003 and most recently served as Vice Chair. Prior to her position as FIU’s Vice President for Engagement, Dr. Grossman served as the Director and then Dean of the School of Nursing, and later Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), an M.S.N. at the University of Miami and a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
According to Health Foundation of South Florida President and CEO Steven E. Marcus, Ed.D. “Health Foundation’s mission has never been more critical than today given the changes needed to improve health care services and delivery.  With Dr. Grossman’s leadership, significant contributions and experience in the health arena, she is ideally suited to be our leader.” He added, “Her knowledge of disease prevention on the local, state and national level and extensive involvement in the field adds special value to achieving our goals of expanding access and emphasizing health promotion and primary care for all, with a focus on South Florida’s underserved population.”
 
Dr. Grossman is the current Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Kendall Regional Medical Center, Board Member of the Miami Foundation, Editorial Board member of the American Journal of Nursing, Steering Committee member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities’ Urban Serving Universities (USU), and a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Council for the Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. She was featured in Miami Today’s Book of Leaders 2006. She was the Past Chair of the Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing, Board Member of the American Academy of Nursing and Chair of the AAN’s Health Disparities Task Force, President of the Florida League for Nursing, Chairperson of the Florida Nurses Association Task Force on Cultural Diversity, Chairperson of the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Council of Medical Surgical Nursing Practice, and was the ANA Representative to the United States Pharmacopeia.
 
For her multifarious achievements, she received Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing, the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, American Red Cross Women’s Spectrum Award for Health Care, Businesswoman of the Year Award from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Jessie Trice Heroes Award for Health Care Leadership from Health Choice Network, Mary Cash Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cultural Diversity from the Florida Nurses Association (FNA), and the FNA Nurse Educator of the Year Award, and the Thomasian Award for Nursing Education.
 
Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, President of FIU, remarked, “At a time when health is a leading public health issue, there is no better person to lead this organization than Dr. Grossman. Her commitment to life-long learning and personal experience in the health field will help her in this leadership role.”
 
Health Foundation of South Florida’s other officers are Richard Lavina, HSBC, as vice chairman and Loreen Chant,Johnson & WalesUniversity as secretary. Completing the Board are: Richard  Adams, Esq., Adams & Adams; Sheldon Dagen, CPA; James Eckhart, Esq.; Arthur Finkle, CLU;  immediate past chair Karen Gilmore; Philip Grossman, M.D.; Charles Hood III,Early Learning Coalition Broward; Susan Kelley, Kelley Swofford Roy; Roymi Membiela, Baptist Health South Florida and Stanley Worton, M.D. 

 

 



 

June 23, 2011                                              

HEALTH FOUNDATION Gives a healthy dose of thanks
to its Community Partners
 
MIAMI, FL- Health Foundation of South Florida held a special recognition luncheon recently to celebrate its partnership with its active grantees. The Foundation awarded grants totaling $1,400,632 to 24 nonprofit organizations focused on increasing access to quality, primary health care; healthy lifestyles, preventive health measures, oral health and other community health needs in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.
 
“By supporting programs and providing technical assistance to promote health and prevent disease, the Foundation is able to make a measurable and sustainable impact in improving the health of underserved individuals and families in South Florida,” said Health Foundation Chairwoman Karen Gilmore. She added, “We are proud to partner with grantees in addressing community needs and ensuring residents have opportunities for better health.”
 
More than 200 people attended the healthy lifestyles themed luncheon, which included a special presentation by guest speaker Michel Nischan, CEO, Founder and President of Wholesome Wave, a Connecticut-based organization whose mission is to nourish neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh and affordable locally grown food. The luncheon reflected his presentation by featuring an indoor Farmers’ Market, exhibits by nonprofit organizations offering health screenings and a menu complete with healthy fare---including tofu!
 
Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded $89 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the Web site, www.hfsf.org 
                                   

June 20, 2011 

FREE NUTRITIOUS MEALS FOR KIDS & TEENS ALL SUMMER LONG!

Learning doesn’t end when school lets out; neither does the need for good nutrition! Through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), free, nutritious meals like breakfast, lunch and snack are available for kids 18 and under all summer long! Go to www.summerfoodflorida.org or call 211 to find the site nearest you.
The Summer Food Service Program is provided by the U. S. Department of Agriculture to ensure that all of Florida's kids (up to 18 years of age) have access to free, nutritious meals throughout the summer when they lose access to the school meals they often depend on. It is a valuable resource in combating childhood hunger within our communities.


May 5, 2011
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING PRESENTS MAJOR AWARD TO HEALTH FOUNDATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Award reflects contributions to dramatically improve lives of older Americans
 
MIAMI, FL- Health Foundation of South Florida recently received the Arthur Fleming Award from the National Council on Aging (NCOA).  According to NCOA President and CEO Jim Firman, “The Award recognizes contributions that have dramatically improved the lives of older Americans. “  He added, “ Health Foundation’s work in establishes powerful partnerships that build bridges between the public and private sector so that older persons are better able to weather the hazards and vicissitudes of life.”

According to Health Foundation’s Chairwoman Karen Gilmore, “We are honored to receive this award which reflects our Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, a $7.5 million initiative to help older adults in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.” She added, “Since the Collaborative was launched in 2008, more than 14,000 residents have participated in programs and classes which are proven to be effective in reducing the fear and risk of falling, increasing physical activity levels and managing chronic disease.”
 
The award was named for one of the prime architects of Social Security, Arthur Fleming. It is presented annually at the American Society on Aging conference, the nation’s largest gathering of professionals from the fields of aging, health care, economic security and senior education.

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Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $87 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or see their websites, www.hfsf.org and www.healthyagingsf.org for the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative.
 
 
About NCOA   The National Council on Aging is a non-profit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans - especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged - and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit www.NCOA.org.

 

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HEALTH FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO IMPACT THE HEALTH OF OLDER ADULTS.
More than 14,000 older adults have benefitted from the Collaborative since its inception in 2008.

Nonprofit organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties will be able to help older adults stay healthy and independent by offering programs recently funded by Health Foundation of South Florida. Through an initiative of the Foundation, the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, evidence-based prevention programs for chronic disease self-management, fall prevention, physical activity and depression will be offered by aging services and health care providers.
 

Health Foundation awarded grants ranging from $18,000 to $284,000 to fifteen nonprofit organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  The awards, which total $1,363,525, were granted during Year 3 of the Foundations’ five-year $7.5 million Healthy Aging Initiative.  More than 12,000 older adults have been reached since the initiative was launched in 2008.
 

In Miami-Dade County, $851,525 in grants were awarded to 12 lead agencies: Alliance for Aging, Citrus Health Network, Community Health of South Florida, Cuban National Council, Independent Living Community Services, Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Key Biscayne Community Foundation, Little Havana Activities & Nutrition Centers, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, Open Door Health Center, South Florida VA Foundation and United HomeCare Services.
 

In Broward County, $ 419,000 was awarded to two organizations: Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc. and the YMCA of Broward County. In Monroe County, $ 93,000 was awarded to Florida Keys AHEC.
 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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