Health Pillar Status Update





FRPA will engage, align and collaborate with State Health and Agriculture, Universities, Health Care Agencies and Design excellence Partners. 

FRPA Agency Members and the Executive Office have made many contacts with organizations around the state to help develop a Health Pledge for agencies to commit to. The Florida Department of Health and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were presented signatures from over 60 agencies that have committed to the State of Health and Wellness Pledge. As of October 2017, 87 agencies have signed the Health Pledge. 

Provide learning opportunities to inform and influence internal and external audiences to advance community health.

Workshops that focus on healthy programming for all ages have been held in 4 locations around the state. Education sessions at State Conference, as well as a specified iLab presentation in 2016 were dedicated to the Health pillar.
Fit2Play, a program licensed by Miami-Dade Parks Foundation, has been identified as the program of choice for Park and recreation Agencies to implement throughout the state. The FRPA Foundation granted $25,000 for FRPA to use to implement this program in 6 agencies. Thanks to this grant, the program is currently in place in Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Greenacres, Hallandale Beach, Largo and Wilton Manors. The first measurement year is the 2017-18 school year.

Advance State and Federal legislation and public policy that supports community health.

Parts of the State of Health and Wellness Pledge support policies to be in place in cities and counties.

Adopt best practices and sustainable models and expand funding opportunities for community health objectives.

The State of Health Pledge was distributed for review and signature by agencies around the state.  Around 35% of agencies have committed, with an estimated impact to over 13 million Floridians. This Pledge includes practices for agencies to implement and the ability to track improvement. The State of Health and Wellness Pledge information can be found here.

The introduction of Fit2Play to agencies is intended to act as a model for health and wellness in childcare, with measureable outcomes to report on for future grant/fund requests.

The best practice items collected so far are available on the website.


Health: Danny Barcia